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Haci Mahmud Afandi's house

Haci Mahmud Afandi's house is situated at the west end of Aslanbeyli village. The house creates a complex together with the mosque and guest house in the vicinity. The house has an appearance typical of rich villagers' estate in the XIX and early XX centuries.

Haji Mahmud Afandi Garani (1835-1896) was born in Aslanbeyli village. He received a higher religious education in Turkey. Returning to his native village, he continued his activities as a religious leader and educator. He acted as a spiritual leader, teacher and defender of the common people. Being a disciple and follower of the great Sufi poet Seyid Nigari, he built a big mosque on the grave of his teacher in the Turkish city of Amasia. The mosque is preserved to this day. Fearing the growing influence of Haji Mahmud Afandi among the people, the Russian tsarist government accused him of the support of Chechen rebel Sheikh Shamil, and took him into custody. But after keeping him in prison for some time, authorities were forced to release the spiritual father of the nation. After the death in 1896 Haji Mahmud Afandi was buried in his native village. His tomb and the house is still revered and is a place of pilgrimage.