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"The cells of the dervishes" Konya Things to Do Tip by June.b

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When you enter the courtyard of the Mevlana Museum start checking out first the 17 small cells around the west and north sides, built in 1584 by Sultan Murat III to house the dervishes.

Each of the cells have its own small dome and chimney, the first two of the 13 cells to the left of the gate used as Postnisin and Mesnevi-han cells are kept in their original form and presented to the public.

The last two cells at the end are allocated to the very valuable book collections donated by Abdülbaki Golpinarli and Dr. Mehmed Onder, and they are used as a library.

The partition walls of the remaining 9 cells were removed providing two interconnected large corridors. In one of these corridors old rugs of historical value from regions famous for their rugs are displayed while the other has old rugs from districts of Konya. Display windows built in the window and door sills of these cells display artefacts of Mevlevi ethnography which were transferred to the museum from the Lodge, and the extremely valuable Bursa fabrics from the museum collection.

Address: Mevlana Museum, Mevlana Street, Konya, Turkey

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  • Updated Jul 14, 2011
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