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We are under the portico of the library, looking at the northeast corner (on the right).

A little attention to the signs reveals that this is the library of Eskişehir Mevlevihouse Culture and Education Foundation (Eskişehir Mevlevihanesi Kültür ve Eğitim Vakfı). It turns out that the whole complex was a Mevlevihane (Mevlevihouse) until 1925, when all religious orders in the new Republic were abolished. The Mevlevi Order or Mawlawiyya (Turkish: Mevlevilik) is a Sufi order that originated in Konya (Biblical Iconium, former capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate) and which was founded by the followers of Mevlana Jalaluddin-i Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet who settled in Konya, Sufi mystic, and Islamic theologian. (This order is better known for the whirling dervishes.)

Kurşunlu Library was established in 2010 with the support of donors. It is kept open every afternoon by volunteers. The library is at the service of anybody who comes to study, do research and read. The library holds works of Mevlana, books written about him, and the works of other mystics. It also contains works on art, philosophy, numismatics, history, other religions, children's books and the history of Eskişehir.

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Model: Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Software: Adobe Photoshop 23.4 (Macintosh)
Exposure Time: 1/100
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Focal Length: 3800/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2022-07-26 05:48
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