800th anniversary of the birth of Mawlana Jalal-ud-Din Balkhi-Rumi (Mevlana Celaleddin Belhī Rūmī), poet and philosopher (1207-1273)
Konya is one of Turkey's oldest continuously inhabited cities was known as Iconium in Roman times. The capital of the Seljuk Turks from the 12th to the 13th centuries, it ranks as one of the great cultural center of Turkey. During that period of cultural , political and religious growth ,the mystic Mevlana founded the Sufi order known in the West as the Whirling Dervishes The striking green -tiled mausoleum of Mevlana is Konya's most famous building . Attached to the mausoleum the former dervish seminery serves now as a museum housing manuscripts of Mevlana's works and various artifacts related to mysticism of the sect .Every year ,in the first half of December,this still-active religious order holds a ceremony commemorating the Whirling Dervishes .The controlled trance-like turning or sema of the white-robed men creates a fascinating performance for the viewer Whirling Dervishes rituals at night
13th century Selcuk caravanserai "Sultanhan"
The Karatay Medrese
Ince Minareli Medrese
Konya Archeological Museum
The tomb of Mevlana
The great mystic poet and Islamic spiritual leader, who founded the sect of ''Whirling Dervishes''
The prominent Persian language poet, thinker and spiritual master Mawlana Jalal-ud-Din Balkhi-Rumi (Mevlana Celaleddin Belhī Rūmī) was born in 1207 in Balkh, presently Afghanistan. He lived almost all of his life in Konya, presently Turkey, and died there in 1273. He remains one of the greatest thinkers and scholars of Islamic civilization. He addressed humanity as a whole:
"I do not distinguish between the relative and the stranger."
The people of Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey consider him to be their own poet.
Year : 2007
Countries : Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey and welcomed by the Islamic Republic of Iran
The celebration of this anniversary was proposed to the 33rd session of the General Conference by Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey and welcomed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
A UNESCO medal in honour of Mawlana Jalal-ud-Din Balkhi-Rumi will be issued in 2007
Cultural events will be organized by Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey in September 2007 at UNESCO Headquarters.
A block of stamps displaying the UNESCO's logo will be issued by the Turkish, Iranian and Afghan post offices with the theme of the commemoration of the 800th year of Mawlana's birth
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