Photographer's Note

Rumi was the founder of what is commonly known as the whirling dervishes and this building was their monastery (it has served other purposes too such as a mosque). It contains the tombs of Mevlana (Rumi) and is still a holy place even though it is now considered a museum.

The famous dancing of the Dervishes is very spiritual and the dance for religious reasons is outlawed in Turkey; however, it is performed now by trained dancers for tourists and cultural vultures. It reminds me a bit of the situation in Tibet. I know of monasteries hidden in the hills of Scotland of Tibetans that fled and also of followers of Mevlana (and thus Dervish dancing) in the South of England.

This image was taken at sunrise looking over the market area. While some may find the solar heating system in the way a distraction, I feel it adds a sense of depth to the image.

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Additional Photos by Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 274 W: 31 N: 400] (1746)
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