Mevlana Museum

Mevlana Museum

Mevlânâ Museum is a museum that has been operating since 1926 in the building complex in Konya, which used to be Mevlana’s lodge. It is also known as “Mevlana Tomb”.

The tomb of Mevlana, called (Green Dome), was built on four elephant legs (thick columns). After that day, the construction activities have never ended and continued with additions until the end of the 19th century. The fact that some of the Ottoman sultans were from the Mevlevi order ensured that the tomb was given special importance and well protected.

While the museum area was 6,500 m² with its garden, the area was expropriated and reached 18,000 m² with the sections arranged as Rose Garden. It is said that the center of the fountain built by Selim I in the garden of the museum was gifted by the Germiyanoğulları Principality. Before it was free, it was the second most revenue-generating museum to its Ministry of Culture. (First Topkapı Palace museum). Among the works exhibited in the Mevlana Museum; Various calligraphy samples in the Recitation Room, carpets in the semahane, some musical instruments with metal and wood works, carpet and wooden door samples in the masjid section, binder, calligraphy and tazhip samples, and precious carpets in the dervish cells.

Here are the some sections of the museum;

Dervişan Gate: The dervishes who served the derby entered and exited through this gate.

Pir (Küstahan) Gate: It is the gate of the lodge opening to the rose garden. Those who were warned for their negative behaviors, wanted to be removed from the dervish lodge, wanted to be a dervish in the dervish but could not succeed, would leave this gate.

Hamuşan Gate: Dervishes are assigned a cell after they have the title of “Dede” and they served in that cell until the end of their lives. Those who ended their relationship with the world and passed away were taken out of the Hamuşan Gate and sent off on their last journey. This door is also known as Silenced Gate, as we understand from the word Hamuş which means silenced in Persian. The door faces the Üçler Cemetery across the road. Those who leave here are buried there directly.

The Çelebiyan Gate: The buildings outside of today’s area were a neighborhood where people belonging to Mevlana’s ancestry and Çelebi family were accommodated. People in this neighborhood were using the Çelebiyan Gate to enter the derby.


You can reach the museum by using public transportation.

Enes Sahin

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