June 27, 2019

Konya The City Of Rumi

Konya is one of Turkey’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, therefore known as Iconium in Roman times.

As the capital of the Seljuk Turks, from 12th to the 13th centuries . Therfore rank as one of the great cultural centres of Turkey. During that period of cultural, political, religious growth, the mystic Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi founded a Sufi order,

known in the West Whirling Dervishes. The striking green-tiled mausoleum of Mevlana is Konya’s most famous building. Attached to the mausoleum, the former dervish seminary, now serves as a museum housing manucripts of Mevlana’s works,

therefore various artefacts related to the mysticism of the sect. Every year during the first half of December. A ceremony held in commemoration of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi with the controlled, trance-like turning or sema of the white-robed men creating a fascinating performance for the viewer.

Reason to visit Konya

The reason to visit Konya is to see the Mevlana Museum. It shelters the tomb of Jelaleddin Rumî (1207-1273) known to his followers as Mevlana (or Rumî). A Muslim poet and mystic and one of the great spiritual thinkers and teachers of all time.

Konya was the capital of the Seljuk Turkish Sultanate of Rum (“ROOM,” that is, Rome)which flourished in Central Anatolia from 1071 to 1275. The Seljuks built numerous caravansarays along the Silk Road between Cappadocia and Konya, and beyond. 

Seljuk architecture is outstanding, and numerous great Seljuk buildings—mosques and theological seminaries mostly—are Konya‘s pride and joy. 

Gilded cenotaph of Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi, whose life and work inspired the founding of the Mevlevi dervish order.

Konya has a sufficient number of hotels, but if you plan to visit in mid-December, when Şeb-i Aruz, the annual Rumî commemoration ceremonies, pack Konya with pilgrims, you must be sure to reserve your room well in advance; or, better yet, take a guided tour that includes Konya and Cappadocia.

During the holy month of Ramazan, many restaurants may be closed during daylight hours and may open only for İftar, the break-the-fast dinner just after sundown.

Places of Tour

Surrounding Karapınar, 94km southeast of Konya, are numerous crater lakes. The most famous being the lovely Meke Crater Lake because an island in the middle. On the north side of the road to Ereğli, 10km from Karapınar, lies Acı Crater Lake. Surrounding Ereğli, one of the largest counties in Konya, are yellow cherry trees. The Ereğli Archaeological Museum displays many Hittite, Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk artifacts. At İvriz, a Hittite site 180km east of Konya similarly 18km south of Ereğli, you can see one of Turkey’s finest neo-Hittite reliefs of a king and god of bountiful crops.

The Mevlevi Sema is the Sufi worship ceremony in which the Mevlevi dervishes whirl for a quarter of an hour at a time in their quest for mystical union with the Divine. (Dervishes also whirl in Istanbul. More….)

In fact, Konya is an interesting place any time of year, with its historic buildings and savory slow-roasted mutton Konya kebap, though it can be difficult to get a beer or a glass of wine with dinner (strictly observant Muslims do not consume alcoholic drinks at all).

About 45 km (28 miles) southeast of Konya lies Çatalhöyük, the famous Neolithic archeological site excavated by James Melaart in the 1950s, and currently under further investigation. 

Beyşehir, 92 km (57 miles, 1.5 hours’ drive) west of Konya on the way to the Mediterranean coast, boasts Anatolia’s most beautiful Seljuk Turkish wooden mosque, the Eşrefoğlu Camii(1296-1299), well worth a look in passing, or even a day excursion. 

Konya transportation

As for Konya transportation, The Mevlevi sema is the Sufi worship ceremony in which the Mevlevi dervishes whirl for a quarter of an hour at a time in their quest for mystical union with the Divine. (Dervishes also whirl in Istanbul. )

In fact, Konya is an interesting place any time of year, with its historic buildings and savory slow-roasted mutton Konya kebap, though it can be difficult to get a beer or a glass of wine with dinner (strictly observant Muslims do not consume alcoholic drinks at all).

About 45 km (28 miles) southeast of Konya lies Çatalhöyük, the famous Neolithic archeological site excavated by James Melaart in the 1950s, and currently under further investigation. 

Beyşehir, 92 km (57 miles, 1.5 hours’ drive) west of Konya on the way to the Mediterranean coast, boasts Anatolia’s most beautiful Seljuk Turkish wooden mosque, the Eşrefoğlu Camii(1296-1299), well worth a look in passing, or even a day excursion.

As for Konya transportation, daily Turkish Airlines flights connect Konya with Istanbul, and soon a High-Speed Train. There are also dozens of fast, frequent and comfortable daily buses. 

If you’re coming from Cappadocia, bus and car are your only options. From Ankara, the fastest, most comfortable way is by High-Speed Train. 

Airlines flights connect Konya with Istanbul, and soon a High-Speed Train. There are also dozens of fast, frequent and comfortable daily buses. 

If you’re coming from Cappadocia, bus and car are your only options. From Ankara, the fastest, most comfortable way is by High-Speed Train. 

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