Quick trip to Konya & the Mevlana Museum

Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
Trip End Jun 05, 2008

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Flag of Turkey  , Konya,
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

We woke up early for brekky in the communal area and the homestay mumma bought out the big guns - the Nutella !  We all chowed in so we could taste something different other than tomatoes, cucumbers and cheese.  A quick drive into Urgup we waited for the local bus... I quickly went to the post office to send a package home of things i have bought then a few of us checked internet to fill in a bit of time.   We firstly crammed into a little bus which would take us to a big bus  -- we stopped along the way to take some pics and check out more fairy chimneys & this rock formation that looked like a monkey...
Our bis coach bus was ready and we all piled in and mixed with the locals... it was a 3 hour trip to Konya, nice clean bus but so hot on board -- plus it didn't help that the driver lit a ciggie every 20 minutes the whole trip....We chilled and snacked on our munchies and arrived at the Konya bus terminal in no time... We then got into a local mini bus which took us to our hotel... i had to stand as it really was mini - we would have been there in about 2 minutes but the driver didn't know where our hotel was for some reason and we did about 5 laps of town.  We eventually made it and not a moment too soon - my back was breaking!  hehe... I cant remember the hotel we stayed at but it was pretty disgusting but we didn't stay for long as we needed to make it down to the Mevlana museum before it closed.   The museum was the former home of the whirling dervishes - its dome is the colour of turquoise which makes it stand out.
Shoes off and feet coverings on we entered the Mevlana tomb - the founder of the dervish sect.   You can't take pics in here -- all the sarcophagus's have a cloth tied into a special knot, a hat at one end and draped in a velvet shroud and presented on an angle...   The museum also contains other dervish type things and a casket that holds the hair from the prophet Mohammed's beard.  
I walked around on my own and looked at the mannequin display and the art show.    Nothing much else but we did go into a shop that made objects with the felt such as throw rugs, wall hangings, scarves and even the dervishes conical 'tombstone' hats.   
We freshened up for tea - our room was foul and we got the man to come up and mop the floors again and give us some dry towels as the ones we had were still wet inside...  Dinner was the usual meat and salad dishes but this time the meal came with bread that resembled pita - we could make kind of mini souvlaki's !  mmm mmmm
We went for a walk after tea and i bought some dervish dancing men then we walked all the way to the other end of town in the hope of visiting the Aladdin mosque up on the hill.     We were very lucky as the mosque man was still there and he let us in and showed us around.   He explained the different things about the mosque which EG then translated into English for us...  There was beautiful tiling on the dome inside and the columns that make up the interior are leaning over slightly -- the ground is not super stable and has shifted since it was built in the 1200's. The columns they used are a total mix -- pretty much whatever they could get their hands on... We looked outside then walked back down to the hotel for bed, it was a pretty quick visit to Konya but I think we saw what needed to be seen in the short time we were here...
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