Konya, located in central Anatolia and the former capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire, is always worth a visit. The Dervishes, also known as the religious Mevlevi group, are descendants of the Persian poet and philosopher Rumi. The order was founded in the 13th century. The Dervishes dance in circles with vibrating white robes, reminding them of the “Wedding Night”. It is the night in which Rumi united with God. The main attraction in Konya is the Mevlevi museum.
The Mevlana Museum is the most famous building in Konya. The former Zawaya, next to the museum, now serves as a museum for Mevlanas manuscripts and various other exhibits in the area of mysticism. Every year in the first half of December a commemorative ceremony of the “Dancing Dervishes” is held.
The museum is open daily for the interested visitors and is free of charge. In the museum are the burial sites of Rumi’s family. His own grave, however, is in the center of the Museum.
The museum was built on a site of 6500m2. In recent years, land on the north and east side has been nationalized and a rose garden with an area of 12,000 m2 has been created. The museum is surrounded by walls of cut stones. The gate of the museum is made of walnut wood and is designed in the Kündekari technique. The gate is decorated with geometric and floral motifs and on the fillings of the Leafs there is a lapel of the son Mevlanas, the Sultan Veled.