An affordable venue with a real sense of peace, calm, spirituality and love. This instantly hits you in the gardens, but there is more to come.
In the 1930's, Ataturke disbanded the sufi order and turned the monestry's into museums. Konya is the centre of the Mevlana order and it is here that you get a real sense of what it was to be a monk of this mystical sect.
Here, you will find the tomb of the master Rumi - the pioneer from Afganistan who layed the foundations to Sufism. There is an opportunity to listen to an auditory commentary as you walk around the area (additional charge), but found there was plenty of information and scenarios (dervish wax works going about their daily chores within the monestry, for example) set up to teach the significance of daily practice.
Within the attached mosque of the monestry, you will find Rumi's tomb, amongst other monks who lived within the grounds, crowned with the traditional head wear. You will also see, confind within a box, cuttings from Mohammed's beard. Many muslims appear very emotional during their visit, as they try to get close to these special teachers and prophets. It is here you will also experience the intricate writings from the monks, patterned in gold leaf and red cochinella.
Altogether, a once in a lifetime experience which you will be foolish to miss, whatever spiritual genre you come from!
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