Speaking before the opening of the statue, President Yücel gave information about the 13 May Turkish Language Festival. Stating that they embraced the historical heritage of Alanya, Yücel said, “We are crowning the monument of Turkish ruler Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey, who declared Turkish as the official language for the first time in history, in memory of this meaningful day. Our ancient language, Turkish, was first used in state correspondence in the 13th century. Faced with the danger of being forgotten, the fate of our Turkish language changed with the edict of Mehmet Bey, the ruler of Karamanoğlu Principality, on 13 May 1277. The decree of Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey, ‘Nobody speaks any language other than Turkish language in the palace, council, parliament, bazaar and market after today’ is a major place in the fact that Turkish is the state language, its development and its transfer to future generations. With this historical incident that took place 743 years ago, Turkish has gained formality and reputation, and has survived to this day without being destroyed. As Alanya Municipality, we bring together this beautiful monument of Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey, who has made very important contributions in keeping the Turkish language alive, in this beautiful square with our people of Alanya. At the same time, after the Anatolian Seljuks, we are protecting the historical heritage of our Alanya, which is under the administration of Karamanoğlu Principality, which attaches great importance to Turkish. Thousands of years of common history with Turkey is the wording of our national culture. It is the engagement of our union and togetherness. Turkish, which is one of the most spoken languages ​​in the world, has hosted many different civilizations for centuries, and has led to the formation of our national culture and national identity in these lands. Our Turkish, which spreads to a very large geography from the interiors of Asia to the middle of Europe, is also a basis for strong ties with other sister Turkish countries. Our Turkish is an ancient and unique language with many features. Turkish language is used in a geography of 12 million kilometers. Approximately 220 million people speak Turkish. Turkish is a very rich language with over 600 thousand words. Over 7 thousand spoken languages ​​are spoken in the world. The largest branch of the Altai language family is Turkish. The number of words that Turkish gives to the languages ​​of the world is over 10 thousand. Turkish language and instruction in at least one primary school exists in 87 countries. The monument of Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey, who preserves such a rich and immense language while preserving it, is also a symbol of the importance we give to our Turkish culture and our Turkish culture. I would like to thank everyone who has made an effort here. In order for our national value to continue for generations, we must work with all our efforts to tell our children, youth and nation about the consciousness of national consciousness, to keep it alive and to make it a part of their social lives. ” Following his speech, President Yücel opened the statue of Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey with the political party district heads attending the opening. WHO IS KARAMANOĞLU MEHMET BEY?
I. Mehmed or Karamanoğlu Mehmed Bey, (b. 1240 – d. 20 June 1277), is the founder and first ruler of Karamanoğulları Principality.
He is the eldest son of Karaman Bey, who is a Sovereign. His date of birth is unknown and his death is 1280. Mehmet Bey was a military and administrative scientist. He gathered the scientists around and paid great attention to them.
In the middle of the 13th century, the Seljuks used Persian in state affairs. The people were using their native language, Turkish. Mehmet Bey believed in the necessity of ensuring language unity, the first condition for living together as a nation. To realize this union, he gathered all the Turkmen tribes living on the Taurus Mountains and formed an army.
From now on, to say no words in Turkish language on the road, on the road and even everywhere. (May 13, 1277)
He went to Konya by defeating the Seljuk and Mongolian forces sent upon him. The Seljuk Turks living here united with the Karamanoğulları
In a short time, Konya province and some surrounding provinces came under the domination of Karamanoğulları. Later, Mehmet Bey, who brought Gıyaseddin Siyavuş, son of Seljuk Sultan Izzettin Keykavus, also became a vizier. Although he was victorious many times before he successfully resisted Mongolian repression, he was killed with his two siblings in one of the subsequent battles. During his administration, he issued his edict declaring Turkish as the official language. In this edict “After today, no language other than Turkish shall be used in the place, in the lodge and in the bargade, in the parliament and in the square.” He won not only a political and military victory, but also a cultural victory.