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  • The mausoleum of Thököly İmre, the Hungarian king who lived in İzmit 300 years ago, is within the land of SEKA and is another interesting place attracting tourists. Because of the pressure of Europe forcing conversion of Protestant and Orthodox graves into Catholic graves by the inquisition; Prince Thököly İmre, son of the Hungarian ruler of the middle region of Hungary, sought help from Turks and started an uprising. When he failed to take control, he sought asylum from the Ottoman State. Grand Vizier Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha assigned İbrahim Pasha, the governor of Budapest, as the commander in chief and send him to help Thököly İmre in regaining control of the middle region of Hungary. İbrahim Pasha conquered the capital, Kashav, and declared Thököly İmre the king again in 1682. However, when the Ottoman Empire was defeated during the second Siege of Vienna as an ally force, the forces of King İmre were also considered defeated. He surrendered to the Austrians in 1688. After being set free, he participated in the Ottoman Forces during the wars between the Ottoman Empire and the Holy Alliance. He invaded Transylvania (Romania) as the leader of the Ottoman army and defeated the German army. Thököly İmre was then granted the principality of Transylvania. He went to İzmit after being defeated in Zenta. Although Australians demanded that Thököly İmre should be turned over to them during the Karlowitz negotiations, the Ottoman Empire did not agree to do that. Thököly İmre died in 1705 in İzmit.

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