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Church to Mosque conversion. Worth seeing what is retained as having value from one group to another. Worth checking out the craftsmanship of the stone masons and how the external form remains pretty much intact. Very relaxed and quiet inside and a place you can...More
Fascinating to watch the whirling dervishes of the Sufi sect of Islam going through their meditation ritual in the charismatic gowns. Followed by a brief conversation about the mystic poetry of Maulvi Jalaluddin Rumi
This attraction is now out of date on TripAdvisor as it is now only a church and hasn't been a mosque for some time. The mosque is next door and is called Selimiye. Once again the materials used in building this church were sandstone and...More
Managed to get out timings right this time and managed to see the Whirling Dervishes. 2 male dancers performing their ritual meditation program. They observe the rituals first by saluting the red fur post representing their founder Hz Mevlana Caladeein Rumi Bn 1207. This is...More
Around thousand years old building was church turned into Mosque (Bedestan). Amazing architecture, grandiose structure. Beautiful mix of Byzantine and Gothic style, opposite to high minarets. It looks amazing with the background of the clear blue skies. It was closed for prayers, so I could...More