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Karaman sept 2008 4779.jpg
13-SEP-2008

Karaman sept 2008 4779.jpg

The Mader Mevlana Camisi, also called Ak Tekke, was a monastery, founded in 1371 by emir Alaeddin Bey (his wife founded the Medrese of Nefise Sultan, also called the Hatuniye medrese). It was a centre for the order of the whirling dervishes that Celaleddin Rumi (Mevlana) had founded. After Atatürk dissolved the order in 1923 the monks left the monastery. Inside one finds the grave of Mümine Hatun, Mevlana’s mother and several other famous people. The main hall of the mosque dates from Seljuk times. The hall in front is a later addition.

The seven chimneys belong to a row of seven cells, where dervishes could spend time in solitary confinement, following the example of their master Mevlâna.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: ‘Karaman (Tarihi ve Kültürü)’ (Ilhan Temizsoy & M. Vehbi Uysal) – Konya 1981

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Karamanli 17-Jul-2010 01:47
Beautiful. So nice to see these pictures. I used to live not far from here. I have not been in Karaman for almost 10 years now.
Bilal Dik 04-Apr-2009 08:06
Dear Osseman,
many thanks for your study about Turkey. I like your picture galleries. This study is wonderful. I wish remember to you a minor mistake. Correct of Nefesi Sultan will be Nefise Sultan. Best regardings from Karaman
Prof.Dr.Bilal Dik
University of Selcuk, Veterinary Faculty, 42075 Konya