Kombassan Gokdelen Karsisi Selcuklu, Konya 42060, Turkey
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“Sema” - whirling dervishes dance
HI, OK i would like to come to KOnya for the 800 anniversary celebrations in Konya. Need some help with several issues
There seem to be many tours most of them rip offs. Can anyone recommend how i go about doing this. Where do i stay , is a guided tour the best thing, How how how do i get the max out of this celebration. Am living in Saudi and can afford only 4/5 days.......help Cheers
Re: Rumi 2007
Please look at the following page adviced by a very famous travel planner web page of USA www.turkeytravelplanner.com
tour agency Argeus have a 9 day long tour programe beginning from Istanbul.
You can ask them for shorter and cheep tour.
have a nice time in Turkey.
Re: Rumi 2007
hi there ,
For the anniversary , its free of charge and open to public ; but you need to be quick to get a room as Konya hotels might be full on 30th of September.Try Bera Hotel and Selcuk right in the centre but i suggest you to book through a travel agency avoid the rack rates in the hotels.Additionally , Konya is easy place to explore all around on your own ; no need a guided tour i say...
if you need further info drop me line..
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HI Thanks so much for the reply. How/which travel agent shall i use plus what is the best way to get to Konya from Istanbul. I can fly into Istanbul but then how do u suggest i get into Konya. Thanks for taking out the time to reply to me
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Hi FAiry Chimney, Thanks for the reply. I think will take your advice and not go through an agent. Can u please tell me that if i have got a hotel is there anything else i need to book like the sema or something.I dont want to come all that way and then discover there is something i should have booked earlier some part of the celebration or something like that. Secondly what are the best 2/3 dates to be there. I dont have much time and want to make sure that i am there at the correct time.
Thanks so much
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hi again ,
Celebrations will start at 20:30 pm on 30.09.2007 in the stadium of Konya starting with whirling dervishes ritual( 300 dervishes in total) and will be followed by concerts by famous Turkish sufi musicians.Its free of charge but be there earlier to get seat with good view :))
For hotel part do you need any help ??
drop me a line if anything else i can do for you probably hotels are full by now
Travel Tips for Konya
The former dervish seminary attached to the mausoleum is now a museum devoted to manuscripts of Mevlana's works and various accoutrements of the sect.
The tomb of the great Turkish thinker and mystic philosopher Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi is situated in The Konya Mevlana Dergah (dervish retreat). It was turned into a museum in 1927. It contains objects pertaining to Mevlana and the Mevlevi order.
Rumi teachings expressed that love is the path to spiritual growth and insight. Broadly tolerant of all people and other faiths, he says,
“Whoever you may be, come
Even though you may be
An infidel, a pagan, or a fire-worshipper, come
Our brotherhood is not one of despair
Even though you have broken
Your vows of repentance a hundred times, come.”
The Museum is open: May-October: Monday 10.00-18.00; Tuesday-Sunday 9.00-18.00.
November-April: Tuesday-Sunday 9.00-18.00.
Entrance fee – 5YTL (April, 2008).
You may have Virtual Tour of Mevlana Museum.
You can watch my 1 min 52 sec Video clip Konya Mevlana Museum with Turkish music. You may watch my high resolution photo of Konya on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37° 52' 14.44" N 32° 30' 15.12" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Mevlana Museum .
Reason is powerless
Reason is powerless
in the expression of Love. Love alone is capable of
revealing the truth of Love and being a Lover. The
way of our prophets is the way of Truth. If you want
to live, die in Love; die in Love if you want to remain
The name Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi stands
for Love and ecstatic flight into the infinite. Mevlana is
one of the great spiritual masters and poetical geniuses of
mankind and was the founder of the Mevlevi Sufi order, a leading
mystical brotherhood of Islam.
Rumi was born in Balkh (Afghanistan)
in 1207 to a family of learned Persian theologians. Escaping
the Mongol invasion, Rumi and his family traveled extensively
in the Muslim lands, performed the pilgrimage to Mecca and
finally settled in Konya, Anatolia (Turkey), where he succeeded
his father in 1231 as professor in religious sciences.
He was introduced into the mystical
path by a wandering dervish, Shamsuddin of Tabriz. His love
and his bereavement for the death of Shams found their expression
in a surge of music, dance and lyric poems, 'Diva i
Samsi Tabrizzi'. Rumi is the author of six volume huge
didactic work, the 'Mathn wi',
and discourses, 'Fihi
ma Fihi', written to introduce his disciples to metaphysics.
If there is any general idea underlying
Rumi's poetry, it is the absolute love of God. His influence
on thought, literature and all forms of aesthetic expression
in the world of Islam cannot be overrated.
Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi died on December
17, 1273. Men of five faiths followed his bier. That night
was named Sebul Arus (Night of Union). Ever since, the Mevlevi
dervishes have kept that date as a festival.
For more about Life of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Whirling Dervishes Links
"Konyalým"- Turkish folk song
One of the best known Turkish folk songs is named "Konyalým" (making reference to a loved one from Konya). The song's slightly suggestive lyrics are known virtually by everybody in Turkey.
You can listen to this beautiful song while watching my 2 min 17 sec Video clip Konya with music by Hatice – Konyalim.
Friendly Turkish dog
You can imagine how I was missing my dogs staying in Moscow! So every dog I saw in Turkey reminded me my German shepherds which were waiting for me in Moscow. This dog at Caravansary seemed to be extremely friendly to all tourists who crowded near the bus…
I know two Turkish breeds.
The Sivas Kangal Dog is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris), and is the national breed of Turkey. This dog, which can grow as large as 64 kg, was originally used as a Livestock guardian dog.
Have a look here Kangal Dog.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a breed of dog from Anatolia and bred for guarding flocks of sheep from wolves, bears, jackals, and even cheetahs.
Have a look there Anatolian Shepherd .
Catalhoyuk - the world's oldest town
Catalhoyuk is the oldest known town ruin in the world, dating back over 9000 years. It sat forgotten for centuries under a large mound of dirt. Then, in the 1960's it was discovered by archaelogist James Mellaart. The excavations are now being done under the leadership of a team of archaeologists from Cambridge University in England. The archaeologists have uncovered about 15 layers of buildings, stretching back to about 7500 BC at the bottom.
At its peak, Catalhoyuk had about 5000 people. Its homes were single-story structures, which were entered through holes in their ceilings. Each home had a fireplace for heating and cooking. The outside walls of the outer homes formed the town's defensive walls.
Today, there is a small museum adjacent to the excavation site that is open to the public. Tours of the excavation site can be arranged, but must be done in advance. The active excavations are not open to the public. Fortunately, a friend of ours was able to have us added to a group tour that a colleague of hers had arranged. It was definitely worth it.
Catalhoyuk is located about 45 minutes southeast of Konya.
Popular Hotels in Konya
Sukran Mah. Kursuncular Sok., No:4 Meram Konya, Konya
Durakfaki Mah Durakfaki Sok No 5, Mevlana Alani, Konya
Istanbul Yolu, Selcuklu | (formerly Hilton), Konya