The Mevlevi Tekke Museum, Nicosia

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  • A small museum, but worth a visit to learn more about the Dervish culture. We weren't sure what to expect but it was an interesting museum and definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • This is a small museum explaining the history of the Dervish culture, with lots of Dervish tombs in one room. We thought there would be real people and a whirling performance, but not here. For that, ...  more »
  • The Tekke was the place where Dervishes lived and where they danced and practised their doctrine. To date, the Mevlevi Tekke is a great testimony of this culture and, through a series of exhibits, reconstructions, pictures and various items, introduces visitors to the Mevlevi order. It is very interesting to learn more about the dancers spinning and Sufism. In the rooms of the Museum there are several tombs and memorabilia. And even in the outer courtyard are visible many stalks carved in stone. The Museum I loved it and I think it's a milestone if you visit the northern part of Nicosia. The ticket price in euro is €2.50.
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  • The Mevlevi Tekke in Lefkosa was an important cultural centre of the Ottoman era in Cyprus. It is situated within the walled city, south of the Kyrenia gate on the main street leading to Ataturk Square. It is distinguished by 6 golden domes surmounting a rectangular building. Built in the 17th Century on land donated by Emine Hatun, it is believed that the present Mevlevihane is a continuation of a previously established Tekke known as the Arab Ahmed or Ferhed Pasha Tekke. When it was first built, the Mevlevihane included a complex of buildings and extensive grounds. There was a kitchen which provided food for the poor of the city. There was accommodation for 18 dervishes and guest rooms for visitors. Beneath the domes were tombs for deceased sheiks. There was an inner courtyard for contemplation, and an orchard in which almonds, pomegranates and figs provided fruit. An ancient well and a reservoir provided water, and there was an octagonal fountain for ablutions. In 1956, the residential section of the Tekke was converted into a hostel for Turkish children under care. Then in 1961, on the recommendation of the director of the Konya museum, the Tekke was closed entirely. After alterations, it was opened as the Cyprus Turkish Museum in 1963, exhibiting calligraphy, imperial edicts and weapons as well as costumes of Mevlevi dervishes and tombstones. What remains of the original Tekke is the semahane, where the dervishes performed their dance, and the tombs of the sheiks. Almost everything else was demolished when a shopping centre was erected in 1970.
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  • The Mevlevi tekke was an important cultural centre of the Ottoman period in Cyprus. It was located within the walls of the city, South of the Kyrenia Tores on the main road to the Atatürk Platz. Now remained only a small remnant as a Museum: a rectangular building with 6 gray domes.
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Despite being the country's capital, Nicosia is not as geared toward tourists as the resorts on Cyprus' sunny coast. Hotels tend to be geared toward business travelers but provide a comfortable stay. Renting a vacation apartment may be preferable option for many, as they enable you to live more like locals. The greater Nicosia area spreads far and wide, so stay near the old city to access the most popular attractions, bars, and restaurants on foot. For an economical option, look for lodging on the north side of the city.
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