I had traveled to Konya on the last leg of my 10 day tour to Turkey and this was a vacation where i had taken my parents along. My mom and I are both great admirers of Maulana Rumi's works and hence this Museum was an absolute essential part of our trip.
The Museum was extremely overcrowded with some women pilgrims, who seemed like Kurdish. Please ensure you avoid visiting Konya in May-June as this is the time when many tourists both Turkish and Foreigners, come to Konya to pay their respects to the Maulana, and the place can become unbearably crowded.
The Museum and Maulana's tomb are located in a single complex. Please respect the local Muslim culture and do not attempt to take pictures of Maulana's tomb or that of his disciples, who are all buried in the large burial chamber.
The burial chamber starts with the graves of several smaller Maualas, all of whom were Maulana Rumi's disciples. The are immediately followed by Mauala's grave. Magnificent is an understatement when it comes to describing the beauty of the tomb. There are several ancient Islamic artifacts elegantly displayed in the burial chambers, including Mauala Rumi's camp, his clothes and ancient manuscripts including hand written copies of the Holy Quran.
Outside the burial chambers, there are two small single room tombs of some saints. Moreover, there are several small rooms which contain artifacts from Rumi, Shams Tebrez, Ottomans, and from general era of the Ottoman Expire focusing specifically on the Sufiism. Some rooms also comprised of life like statues describing the way Sufis used to live and spend their time.
This was an extremely spiritual experience and I am extremely please I got to visit Konya. In Sha Allah, i plan to visit it again some day.
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