Tomb of Yahsi Bey
Admiral of the Karasi Navy
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It is thought that Yakhshi Begh was the son of Karesi Begh.
The founder of Karesi Principality established in Canakkale and Balıkesir region is Karasi Begh He established his principality between 1296 and 1300.
According to the rumors, after Ece Halil Begh took the Turkmens of the Sarı Saltuk upon his death against the increasing Mongol danger in the Balkans, and then settled them in Ezine, Bayramic, Yenice and Bergama with the help of Karesi Begh, Yakhshi Begh became responsible mostly of Edremit Gulf and Ezine zones of the principality. In the Arabic sources, Yakhshi Begh is referred to as “şücaüddin”, meaning the fearless, the hero, the valiant of the religion. Yakhshi Begh established good relations also with the Mamluks. The famous traveler Ibn Batuta also mentions the Karesi Principality and his armada.
After Karesi Begh passed away, the principality was divided between his sons, Demirkhan and Yakhshi Begh. Ezine and its vicinity remained under the ruling of Yakhshi Bey. Karesis are famous for their maritime activities. The basis of the Ottoman navy is the Karesi navy. Before the Ottomans moved to Europe, Yakhshi Begh had embarked on an expedition to Gallipoli in 1341–1342, but he could not conquer the city. However, he fought against the Byzantine navy for years. Yakhshi Begh’s last expedition was the second Gallipoli invasion.
Yakhshi Begh was wounded at the expedition and later martyred. After his navy arrived in Geyikli, It is believed that he was buried across the tomb of Akhi Yunus, an Anatolian Eren..
The back of Yakhshi Begh tomb was used as a Greek neighborhood after 1862. Grand Mosque, Akhi Yunus, Yakhshi Begh is almost like the border gate separating Muslim neighborhoods from the entrance of non-Muslim neighborhoods established in 1862.
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