Konya (Iconuim) is renowned for Mevlana Celaleddin
Rumi. Mevlana, born in Balhk Afghanistan in 1207, is one of the greatest
Islamic sufists and the founder of the Mevlevi
Sufi Order. His
religion was based on good,
charity, humanity, love and union with God.
For Mevlana, poetry, music and dance were indispensable for the perfection
of the soul.
Mevlana's greatest work, Mesnevi is a
collection of 25,000 poems.
The Mevlana Museum houses his tomb, a collection of precious manuscripts, antique carpets,
instruments and garments. It also includes
the dervishes lodges.