Posts tagged ‘Konya’

Konya, Whirling Dervishes, and the Silk Road

KonyaI really fell in love with the beautiful mosques and other Islamic sights we saw throughout Turkey, and one of the most beautiful of the bunch was the Mevlâna Museum in the city of Konya (pronounced CONE-ya). We visited there after leaving Antalya, on our way up to the trip finale in Cappadocia.

The Mevlâna Museum isn’t a mosque, though it looks like one—and they make you put plastic booties over your shoes before you go in, just like a mosque. It was a “dervish lodge” in the 1200s associated with Celaleddin Rumi, who founded a sect of Islam called the Mevlevi Order. The Mevlevis are better known as the Whirling Dervishes—they whirl and dance as part of (more…)

May 18, 2011 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Faces of Turkey


We’ve all enjoyed taking photos of the sights on this trip to Turkey: photos of mosques, markets, ancient ruins, turquoise seas. But we’ve really enjoyed photographing the people.

The Turkish people are generally warm, friendly, and welcoming of tourists. Many of them are happy for us to take their picture. Others got their picture taken without them realizing it—and obviously there are different schools of thought as to whether that’s appropriate.

Here are a few shots from just the last couple of days. The image above is of two businessmen outside a shop in the Old Town section of Antalya. Roger Werner ’67 Eng caught the image below of one of the vendors outside the ruins of Perge:


At that same market, a toddler—presumably (more…)

May 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm Leave a comment

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