Description: Watercolour painting of Turgut Alp (As depicted in the Dirilis Ertugrul series, played by Cengiz Coşkun).
The Story: Turgut Alp was a Gazi (warrior/champion) of the early Ottoman Empire. A lifelong friend and supporter of Ertugrul Gazi, he is one the most well-known warriors in Turkish history. He lived a very long life and died at the old age of 125!
After the death of Ertugrul Gazi his son, Osman Gazi became the ruler of the Kayi tribe and Turgut Alp served and became a close friend and advisor to him and after Osman’s death, he continued to serve the Ottoman Empire as an advisor and supporter of Osman’s successor, Orhan Gazi.
During the early Ottoman Conquests in the reign of Osman I, Turgut Alp was sent to Angelacoma (present-day İnegöl) in 1299 and he conquered the area. This area consisting some villages, was given to him by Osman I and his territory was called Turgut-ili (Land of Turgut). During the Siege of Bursa, Turgut Alp with Mihal Gazi participated in the conquest of Atranos Castle (Orhaneli) in 1325 which played a key role for the conquest of Bursa. He was also with Orhan Gazi during the conquest of Bursa (1326).
Turgut Alp was martyred at the age of 125 during the conquest of the Atranos Castle (Orhaneli Castle). His tomb is located in the cemetery of Turgutalp (Genci) village, İnegöl, Turkey. The grave outside the Ertugrul Ghazi's mausoleum is an honorary grave, not the real burial place.
In 1877, during the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878), a new town was by the Muslim people from what is now known as Bulgaria and upon the suggestion of the Sultan (Sultan Abdul Hamid II), the town was named "Turgutalp" in the honour of this great warrior.
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