"The Mevlana Museum in Konya" Turkey Things to Do Tip by Paul2001
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The Mevlanan Museum is the most important attraction in Konya and probably the primrary reason why anyone would stop there. The museum is in fact a shrine dedicated to Rumi the Seljuk, later known as Mevlani. Mevlani was a 13th century mystic philosopher whose poetry and other writings are hardly regarded among scholars. It is the disciples of the Mevlani who formed the Sufi sect more commonly known as the Whirling Dervishes.
The "museum" is divided into two sections. One is an actual museum dedicated the Sufi sect. The other is in reality a mausoleum in which the Mevlani is entombed. The exterior of this mausoleum can be seen here and is famed for its stunning turquoise tiled dome overtop. Inside is the sarcophagus of Mevlani which is equally stunning. There is also a small mosque attached where you can see musical instruments used by the dervishes, manuscripts and articles of clothing that belonged to the Mevlani. The whole building dates from the 14th century.
The museum is open from 9am to 5pm daily.
Directions: At the eastern end of Mevlâna Bulvari
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