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The Mevlevi Tekke Museum, Nicosia

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  • Nice example of Ottoman architecture. It has a small collection of items and some explanation on the derviş culture. It is nice to pass by and just spend half an hour inside. It is calm and cool. I ha...  more »
  • until 1950ies the message of MEVLANA jelaleddin Rumi was extended to the rest of the world from here,  more »
  • Mevlevi Tekke Museum which is a tekke in Lefkosa near the Kyrenia Gate in Northern Cyprus. It has historically been used by the Mevlevi Order (Whirling Dervishes) and now serves as a museum and is one...  more »
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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.
  • 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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  • Mevlana marks here.
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  • It's worth a visit.
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  • Must-see, One To Visit Cyprus. Contrary to Cyprus as they have no place for sightseeing only. Nicosia also encountered in Kyrenia is written many historical sites suriçine the door. Mevlevi Tekke only one of these.
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