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 Eskişehir Mevlevihane
Cultural Association and Foundation

Visit us at Kurşunlu Library, open everyday between 13.00-17.00 (except on public holidays) or email yk@emev.org

In 2005, THE MEVLEVI SEMA CEREMONY was appointed by UNESCO, as

the MASTERPIECE OF ORAL & INTANGIBLE HERITAGE OF HUMANITY 

In the cultural history of Anatolia, 13th century was a period of social structuring in which various confraternities began to be organized on the foundations of Islamic teachings. The foundations of Mevlevism is based on Rumi's teachings through Kur'an, the  Islamic Holy Book. 

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Mevlâna Celâleddin-i Rûmi (1207-1273)
The year of 2023 is the 750th year of Rûmi's union wth God and has been announced as "The Year of Rumi".

The Story

Mevlâna Celâleddin-i Rûmi's family emigrated from Balkh (todays Afghanistan) to Konya (Turkiye), the capitol of Seljuk Empire, while fleeing from the Mongols, around 1215. An acclaimed Islamic scholar, later renowned as a master (Mevlâna), Rûmi's masterpiece "The Mesnevi", as well as his exquisite poetry and words of wisdom were translated into many languages.

His teachings advocated tolerance, acceptance, reason, goodwill, charity and awareness derived from The Kur'an and the love for God. The Mevlevi Order (known as the whirling dervishes) was later organized by his son Sultan Veled in Konya, around Rûmi's teachings.

Eskişehir Mevlevi Order was founded around 1572, consisting of a mosque, a hall for Sema Ceremony, an elementary school (now Kurşunlu Library), dervish cells, ceremonial kitchen (matbah), guest rooms (hanigâh), storage & soup kitchen (imarethâne) and an inn (caravansarai). Kurşunlu Mosque was built in 1525 under the auspices of Mustafa Pasha, grand vizier of Sultan Sulaiman the Magnificient. Mustafa Pasha was known as a Mevlevi and the inscription above the entrance of the mosque pays tribute to him.

Eskişehir Mevlevihane was an "âsithane" equipped to train dervishes during their 1001 days of service and seclusion. There were about 140 Mevlevi Lodges across the Ottoman Empire serving until 1925, when all sects were closed down by law, after the establishment of the Turkish Republic.

The Mevlevihane was re-established by the descendants of the last Sheik  (Bahaeddin Dede) in 2006, as a cultural association and in 2019 as a foundation. 20th line descendant of Rûmi, Dr. Berna Chelebi Şener resides in Eskişehir and is Vice Chair of Eskişehir Mevlevihane Cultural Association and Eskişehir Mevlevihane Culture and Education Foundation. The concept of "Chelebi" implies to the descendants of Rûmi. 

Eskişehir Mevlevihane

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birds eye view of Eskişehir Mevlevihane

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Kurşunlu Library: open everyday 13.00-17.00

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Sema Ceremony Hall

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Kurşunlu Mosque

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Interior of the Kurşunlu Library

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Sema Ceremony 

With rules of conduct and decorum, Mevlevi Sema Ceremony and its music is one of the most continous traditions of art music in the world and is possibly a unique example, composed for a sacred ritual (Sema Ceremony or Mevlevi Âyin-i Şerifi).

"What is to be done O moslems? For I do not recognize myself.
I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor Gabr, nor Muslim!
I am not of the east, nor of the west, nor of the land, nor of the sea;
I am not of Nature's mint, nor of the circling heavens.
.................
My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless;
'Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved."
RUMI, Divan-ı Shams, Nicholson 1898 p.17
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