28.08.2009 - 28.08.2009 30 °C
Today we had no official sight seeing trips so we enjoyed the scenery on the way to Konya.
Konya is set on a high bleak plain in the middle of the Anatolian steppe. It's known for it's strong islamic leanings.
The city has close links with the life and works of Rumi who is the founder of Whirling Dervish Sect.
The Mevlâna museum, located in Konya housesthe mausoleum of Rumi.
In the afternoon we visited this museum.
The museum is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims as Rumi is regarded as a saint by Muslims. he delivered messages of peace, love of God and humankind and has far for impact nowadays than it did some 700 years ago.
You enter the courtyard of the tekke, with the dervish cells to your left and administrative offices to the right. When you approach the main building with its greentiled cylindrical dome you'll be asked to cover your shoes with thin plastic covers to keep the interior clean.
There is a graveyard with unusual styled gravestones which houses Rumî's family and descendants alongside dozens of Mevlevi sheiks (leaders of the order).
Beyond Rumi's tomb, there are two large rooms which was once used for the Mevlevi whirling sema ceremony. This is now covered with glass cases holding exhibits of Mevlevi historical artifacts such as Rumi'ss personal belongings including his conical caps and his prayer carpet; clothing of his son and succesor, Sultan Veled; and the elaborate hat of Rumî's spiritual companion Semsi Tebrizi. Other objects on display are the old dervish musical instruments.
In the next room are antique prayer carpets—one, of silk, with more than four million knots as well as illuminated Kur'ans, Hadith (sayings of the Prophet) and learned commentaries and prayer beads. The central glass case holds relics of the Prophet Muhammed.
You are not allowed to take photos inside the museum but are allowed to take photos in the courtyard.
In the evening we had a walk around the town.