When we were in the Galata area yesterday, 10/6, we had stopped in at the Galata Mevlevihanesi, a former monastery containing a semahane or ceremonial hall of the whirling dervishes, but unfortunately it was closed. We returned this morning because it sounded fascinating AND because its free admission was included on the museumkart which expired later today. I've always heard about some male toddlers being referred to as whirling dervishes but had no idea what that really meant until I had read about the real whirling dervishes before we left the States. The center of the ‘movement’ is in the city of
|A street musician outside the Mevlevhansei|
|This was not the main entrance, just some exhibits there.|
|Various types of Dervish hats.|
|Followers of Sufi are known for their fondness of music, especially the reed flute and drums.|
|Emin Dede, the famous Reed Flutist|
pstairs was the star of the show: a beautifully restored, high ceilinged room complete with wooden dance floor where the dervishes whirl.
|Wouldn't this floor make a great ad for a wood floor cleaner!|
|You get a sense here of how tall the room is.|
Ivy: Thought of you throughout this part of the museum as I'm sure you'd have loved seeing these marble prints. Are you familiar with the style of painting at all and with the artist?
|Titled 'Marble of Daisy'|
Seeing the fantastic ‘marble paintings’ in the museum was an unexpected bonus.
|Titled 'A Verse' and dated 1883/4|
|What a beautiful name for a graveyard, I think.|
|Look at the tops of the headstones - to me they look like the different types of dervishes' hats.|
|First time I'd seen flushable squat toilets was at the museum - sorry if that's a case of TMI!|
|Another one of the beautiful wooden houses we'd seen previously.|
According to a Canadian history buff we met right here, the last time Constatine III was seen alive in 1450 was at this spot in the Land Walls.
It was amazing how agile some of the Turks were at climbing up some of the sections as they were very steep and dangerous in my opinion.
We didn't always play it safe gazing up at the walls - climbed up this section which was easier to reach especially if you have a helping hand!
|UNESCO and historical purists have decried the fact that much of the recent work done on the walls look like new build rather than restoration. This is a perfect example of that.|
|Never have gotten tired of seeing the Turkish flags flying all over.|
|One of the few flowers we saw all along the walls.|