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A mystical trip: Konya

The pandemic that overturned a year and was a part of our lives, no matter how much we didn't want it, has ruined our travel dreams the most. Ha today, ha tomorrow, the increase in the number of cases that we say will decrease does not bother me. But my passion for the road outweighed me, and I went to Konya, where I had wanted to visit for a long time.

It was a snowy winter's day weeks before I wrote this article. As I entered at the end of a nearly seven-hour journey across the highway, Konya greeted me with a white veil. Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, who taught at Konya high school between 1925 and 1927, mentioned Konya in five cities: "Konya is a complete child of the steppe.Dec. He has a mysterious beauty that hides itself like him, " said the well-known author. Indeed, under the flaky snow, the city was in a very mystical mood. 


Turkey's largest city in terms of Area, 2 million 250 thousand people with a population comes in seventh place in terms of crowding. Although it was disrupted by the pandemic, the reason hundreds of thousands of people come to Konya every year is undoubtedly Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, the Sultan of hearts. Especially in December, when there are Sheb-i Arus ceremonies, the Office of the Prophet Mevlana is flooded with visitors.

In the extraordinary conditions we were in, the city seemed extremely calm. My first stop was the Hich Hotel, where I will stay. This is a 13-room, warm-atmosphere, Home-Style Boutique Hotel that has been in service for eight years. Don't look at me little, he's won the ‘Traveller's Choice’ Award on TripAdvisor for six years in a row. He has a different energy. It is also effective that it serves in a 200-year-old, restored building and in a position that we can call facing the Mevlana Museum. Their rooms all have names. And these names are meaningful when they are read from right to left and from left to right. For example, Atlas-Salto, time-Prayer. There is a breakfast enriched with house jams and a dinner where different tastes of both Seljuk and international cuisine are served. And they have a very good habit of pouring water after all their guests they travel to...  


Konya is a city that we call flatfoot among the people Dec. Don't crush people. The most important historical sites are in the center of the city and can be easily reached by walking. So my advice is put on your sneakers and get ready for a hard walk. The first stop, of course, is the Mevlana Museum. As part of Covid-19 measures, All Museums and historical sites open around 10.00 in the morning and close around 15.30 in the afternoon.

Mevlana Jalaleddin Rumi's dergah, which comes to mind when it is said tolerance and affects not only this geography but the whole world with his thoughts, has been preserved to this day and turned into a museum. It is located in a total area of 16 thousand square meters. Active since 1926, hundreds of people visit the museum every day with the opening in the morning. Its characteristic Yesil dome is being restored nowadays. Hz. Besides the Tomb of Mevlana, there are chests of family elders and Mevlevi elders.


The second stop after Mevlana mausoleum is of course the Tomb of Shams-I Tabrizi. The shrine and Masjid are adjacent. The top of the mausoleum, which is of the classical Seljuk type, was later covered with a lead roof. The great Ark under the dome is said to be the body of Shams-I Tabrizi. You've heard the story of shams and Mevlana's friendship. Shams of Tabriz meets Mevlana in Konya, where he came one day. He becomes a disciple of Mevlana Shams, a high-ranking teacher. But because of this close friendship, many people become enemies to Shams. Shams, who married Mevlana's daughter, will disappear after a while. According to some, he was killed, and according to others, he returned to Tabriz. Today, Shams is rumored to have a position in many different places.


You can spend a significant part of the day at these two impressive venues. The next stop is the Aziziye Mosque, which is still within walking distance. By the way, I'm learning that during the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, both Dec.C the work of the Ministry of Culture and the municipality of Konya in the center of the city has gained momentum. When the pandemic that disrupted our lives is behind us, we will encounter a completely different Konya. Aziziye Mosque... It has the characteristics of classical Ottoman and Baroque architecture. Actually, there used to be another mosque here. However, when the building burned down in 1867, this new mosque was built under the auspices of Sultan Abdul Aziz and his mother Pertevniyal Valide Sultan. The most important feature of the mosque, where the ‘gödene’ Stone is used in its construction, is that it has giant windows larger than its doors. Of course, this allows for a great light inside.


There are many mosques to visit in the center of Konya. But if you want to see different places in a limited time, you should visit the workshop-shop of Celalettin Berberoglu, who is also a 44-year-old semazen, whose grandfather's profession continues to be felt. At the same time, this was a meeting point for visitors who came to the conversation. Keçecilik Berberoğlu'na inherited from his grandfather. He makes felt products and educates students. He says that with the stages that wool goes through until it becomes felt and coins, the time that man spends on the path of becoming a kamil human is incredibly similar. He always has visitors during the day, he talks to them. These are very pleasant, mind-opening conversations... Although almost everyone around him says ‘Grandpa’, he emphasizes that he is not a guide, he shares with people what life has given him. Berberoglu, who has published a book called ‘Mystic liar’ in recent months, reads chapters from his book on Instagram on Thursday nights. My advice is to come to the workshop after you finish your tour downtown... Because once the conversation gets dark, you don't want to get up and go somewhere else.


Honestly, it's not within walking distance... It was closed to visitors when I was there because of the pandemic, but now it can be visited. It's closed on Sundays only. Those who have seen the garden, which has an area of 7,600 square meters, tell those who have not. 3,500 square meters of this area is a sightseeing area. The 1600 square meter butterfly flight area offers natural habitat for 15 species of butterflies. It is possible to observe butterflies here. In addition, there are 20 thousand plants belonging to 98 species in the garden. There's also an Insect Museum in the garden. Nature and garden related trainings are given. Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden has the largest butterfly flight area in Europe... 

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