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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

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


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 mysticism or sufi thought. The mystical foundations of Mevlevism were based on the fusion of the Khorasan school of sufism and the Seljuk-Turkish Culture.


The Story

Mevlâna Celâleddin-i Rûmi's family emigrated from Balkh (Afghanistan) to Konya (Turkey), the capitol of Seljuk Empire, while fleeing from the Mongols, when he was at the age of 7. An acclaimed scholar, later renowned as a mystical master, Rumi's exquisite poetry and words of wisdom were translated into many languages.

His teachings advocated tolerance, acceptance, reason, goodwill, charity and awareness through 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. The concept of "Chelebi" implies to the descendants of Rumi. 

Eskişehir Mevlevihane 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 (hanigah), storage & soup kitchen (imarethane) 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 "asithane" 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 were closed down by law. 

The 20th line descentant of Rûmi, Dr. Berna Chelebi Şener resides in Eskişehir and is Vice Chair of Eskişehir Mevlevihane Cultural Association, established in 2006 and Eskişehir Mevlevihane Culture and Education Foundation, established in 2019.

Mevlâna Celâleddin-i Rûmi (1207-1273)

Eskişehir Mevlevihane

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birds eye view of Eskişehir Mevlevihane


Kurşunlu Library: open everyday 13.00-17.00

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Sema Ceremony Hall


Kurşunlu Mosque


Inside of Kurşunlu Library


Sema Ceremony 

With rules of conduct, Mevlevi Sema Ceremony 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-i Shams, Nicholson 1898 p.17
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