Mevlana Museum

Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi was a Muslim religious order leader lived in 13th century in KonyaKonya  was the capital of Turkish tribe Selcuks. Selcuks ruled Anatolia that previously was a part of the Roman Empire. Therefore, Selcuks called Anatolia and their capital Konya  as Rum (Roman-Rome) that is why Mevlana is called Rumi. In the world, he is well known with this geographic title.

He explained his views according to sufi tradition of the time through poetry. He created extra ordinary lines. He totally wrote 150.000 lines full of love and theology.  He was not a poet to sit on a desk and write. He was uttering his words in a singing voice while dancing in religious way that is called sema that means whirling in English. Therefore his order is called whirling dervishes in English.

His poetry was not for art and his dancing was not for pleasure. He was in search of unity with God and he could do it just through ecstasy.

He had different understanding of God than general Muslim belief. According to him, God is not just creator of the world and universe but the universe, world and everything and everybody altogether is one that is God. He called his belief “religion of love” and followers “the lovers of God.” Simply because of this he had his actual title as Mevlana: God of lovers.

The Mevlana Museum in Konya  has a unique collection of oil lamps, ceremonial vessels, ceremonial vestment, calligraphy art panels, praying rugs, religious music instruments, miniature books, pen boxes, Korans, above all 9th century Korans and 13th century poetry books of Rumi.

Tombs of Rumi, his father and early followers are in the museum building and over the tomb of Rumi and his father there is a beautiful fluted dome with green tiles. It is the symbol of this order and Konya .

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