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At the very heart of Konya, in more ways than one, is the Mevlâna Müzesi (Mevlana Museum), the former tekke (dervish hall) that now holds the tomb of Mevlâna Jelaleddin Rumî, founder of the Mevlevi order of dervishes, commonly called the Whirling Dervishes.
The Mevlâna Müzesi is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims because Rumî is a saint. His poetic message of peace, love of God and one’s fellow creatures, resounds to a far wider audience today than it did over 700 years ago when Rumî preached and taught in Konya, and whirled in ecstasy through its streets. Muslim and non-Muslim pilgrims come from throughout the world to visit his tomb.
Thus, though it is legally a government-run museum, it is also a holy place. The museum is open daily from 09:00 am to 17:30 (5:30 pm), free admission. It’sbusiest in mid-morning and mid-afternoon, so the best time to visit is right when it opens in the morning, or at lunchtime. Plan to spend 30 or 45 minutes here.