A day in the Holy City

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Melvana Museum

Had a great night’s sleep the beds were so comfortable and it was lovely and quiet. We had a knock on the door, it was breakfast delivery!  We decided to eat it outside in the lounge area, this hotel had no formal dining room.  Breakfast was different from what we have had before toasted cheese sandwich with dried apricots and berry fruit yogurt. We had a whole day in Konya so we ventured out to see what there was to see and do, we had read about the Mevlana museum so that was our first stop. The Melvana museum is the former lodging of the whirling Dervishes. The entrance fee was a cheap 3 Lira and you entered into a pretty courtyard.  The first room you enter is the calligraphy room, no signs were in English so Zehra interpreted! This room then led to a room housing Melvana’s tomb which was the largest and covered in velvet shrouds with gold embroidery. Other tombs of Dervishes were around all covered in lovely shrouds. In another room was various copies of very old Qurans, old prayer rugs one being Melvana’s and a casket containing strands of Mohammed’s beared.  The museum was fairly small and only took us about 45 minutes to get through it.  Across the courtyard from the museum entrance is a building containing mannequin displays of the life of the Whirling Dervishes which was interesting. We were hoping to get to see a performance of the Whirling Dervishes but they only perform on Saturday nights this time of year which was disappointing for us, hopefully we will catch a show in some other town or back in Istanbul.  After wondering the museum we headed to the shop then sat down and discussed what to see next.  We heard that the small village of Sille was nice so we decided to go there. As we headed up the main drag looking for the bus stop a bloke approached and greeted us in English, so there were English speaking Turks in Konya!  After asking us where we were from he said there were two important sights to see in Konya firstly the Melvana museum to which my response was we have already seen it, then he said the second most important thing to see is his shop!!! Hahaha I gave him points for humour.  Zehra starting speaking to him in Turkish asking him where the bus stop was for Sille, he asked us to follow him and the next minute we were in his shop!!! OH NO how did we end up here! Anyway he gave us a cup of tea and a decent map then gave us a spiel on Konya, then of course he tried to sell us a carpet, next he only saw dust as we sped out the door!! We found the bus stop then had to wait half an hour so in the meantime I gave hubby a call.

Sille was about a 20 minute bus ride and was a dusty village of old stone beam houses.

Melvana Museum
Our first stop was the museum only to find it shut so we headed back up the road to where we passed a restaurant on the bus.  We stopped for lunch at the Sille Konak restaurant, the food was OK but the restaurant itself was a lovingly old restored Greek house so worth stopping just to see the house!  Next we scrambled up the steep hill overlooking the village to go see the cave dwellings that had been carved out of the rocky cliff. They were interesting and we were the only visitors, our only disappointment was to see that locals had used these cave dwellings as rubbish dumps. We explored the dwellings until we found ourselves back up towards the museum so we headed up the road to see the old ruined Byzantine St Helens Church which was reputedly found by Empress Helena mother of Constantine the Great.  There was nothing left of it just stone walls.  I climbed the steep hill to take a closer look, Zehra was too tired so stood at the bottom of the grave yard and waited for me. The steep scramble was only worth it for the views there was nothing left of the church.  When I got back down again a bus turned up so we jumped on it.  We got off at Aladdin’s Hill back in the city to take a closer look at the Mosque but it was very bland inside so we just walked around it.  Across the road from the Mosque was the tile Museum so we ventured into it.  The museum had a lovely collection of pots and tiles from both the Seljuk and Ottoman period, it wasn’t very big so didn’t take long to get around it.  After this we decided to call it a day in this modern metropolis, Konya had been quite a surprise, I thought being a religious city it would be more reserved but it turned out to be like any other modern city. 95% of women here covered their heads but in the shops you saw some rather lavish and even revealing outfits!  Back at the hotel we arranged tomorrow’s bus to Cappadocia, we would be leaving at 6am! Tomorrow was a public holiday Children’s Day so the buses were leaving very early before the parades started.  We had dinner just at a local cheap eatery as we had a fairly decent size lunch then it was an early night as we had a 5am rise.

 

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Melvana Museum
Melvana Museum
Melvana Museum
Melvana Museum
Melvana Museum
Melvana Museum
Sille Village
Sille Village
Sille Restaurant
Sille Restaurant
Sille Cave Dwellings
Sille Cave Dwellings
Sille Cave Dwellings
Sille Cave Dwellings
Sille Cave Dwellings
Sille Cave Dwellings
View if Sille Village from cave dw…
View if Sille Village from cave d…
Inside the Sille cave dwelling
Inside the Sille cave dwelling
Inside the Sille cave dwelling
Inside the Sille cave dwelling
View of Sille from within cave dwe…
View of Sille from within cave dw…
Sille from church hilltop
Sille from church hilltop
Alladin Mosque
Alladin Mosque
Roof of Tile museum
Roof of Tile museum
Tile Museum
Tile Museum
Konya
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