On the way to Istanbul, I visited a city named Konya. Visiting Konya, it is a must to drop by at the Mevlana Museum or in Turkish “Mevlana Müzesi“. The museum is one top tourist attraction in the city and it is also an important place of Muslim pilgrimage.
In the museum, visitors can learn about the dervishes’ training, and the unique practice of Islam that this region has produced. Why is it an important place of Muslim pilgrimage? It is because the museum also holds the tomb and shrine of the Mevlâna Jelaleddin Rumî. For Muslims, Rumî is a saint. He is also the founder of the Whirling Dervishes.
What is Whirling Dervishes is similar to a form of meditation in a continuous twirling dance with one hand pointed upward reaching for the divine and the other hand pointed toward the ground. Their dance is a traditional form of Sufi worship and was influenced by Turkish customs and culture. It emphasises universal love, peace, acceptance of various spiritual paths and a mystical union with the divine. I watched the dance at Cappadocia together with the belly dancing performance.
Before entering the museum, we have to wear a plastic cover on our shoes. The shape is very unique, well, it is really creative by the way. Maybe I should provide at home to for my guest to keep my floor clean 😛
The interior of the iconic mosque is beautifully decorated – the mausoleum area is awe inspiring. Because tombs are present and to respect the pilgrims who pray, indoors photography is forbidden. It was very peaceful and silent inside.
This is an fairly interesting place to look around even if you are not into the Muslim history. You can learn a lot from the exhibits that are well presented.