Konya & Mevlana Mauseleum Pictures, Images & Photos. Turkey { 174 images } Created 22 Mar 2012

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Pictures images photos of Konya, the Mevlana Mausaleum & Konya archaeological museum antiquities, Turkey. Konya is a holy Islamic city where the Persian Sufi poet & ascetic Mevlana or Rumi lived and is buried. Mevlana was "not a prophet -- but surely, he has brought a scripture". He believed in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God which allowed devotees to focus their whole being on the divine. Dervishes are Sufi Muslim ascetics and the Mevlevi order of Dervishes in Konya developed under Melvana's teachings. It was Mevlanas belief in dance and music that created the whirling Dervish as a form of devotion. Following his death, his followers and his son Sultan Walad founded the Mevlevi Order, also known as the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, famous for its Sufi dance known as the Sama ceremony. In the 1920's when the modern Turkish state was formed under the rule of Ataturk, Dervish's were banned as part of the Ataturks move to make Turkey a secular country. The Mausaloeum of Mevlana was made into a museum where his sarcophagus and those of his family are a major shrine for Islamic pilgrims. Konya archaeological museum has a small but important collection of archaeological finds from Catalhoyuk prehistoric settlement as well as Bronze Age sites of the region. The museum also has an important collection of Asian style Roman sarcophagi including column and garland sarcophagi. Download pictures & images of Konya, the Mevlana Mausaleum & Konya archaeological museum antiquities or buy as photo art prints.

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