Gardens of Mevlana

On our return trip from Cappadocia towards Antalya we stopped for the night in the major city of Konya (pop. 1,174,536) and quickly discovered that it is one of Turkey’s most religiously conservative cities and whilst it is economically and industrially developed there isn’t a whole lot to see or do there.

The next morning though we visited one of its most revered sites, the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, also known as Mevlana who was the founder of the Mevlevi Order, better known to the outside world as the ‘Whirling Dervishes.’  The rose garden of the mausoleum was originally  offered as a burial site for Mevlana’s father who died in 1231.  When Mevlana died on December 17th, 1273 he was buried alongside his father there and the following are a few shots from the mausoleum and its beautiful gardens…

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