The Sufi mystic Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, usually referred to as Rumi in the West, spent most of his adult life in Konya during the 13th century. Following in his father's footsteps, Rumi became a scholar. His friendship with Shams e Tabrizi inspired a phenomenal output of poetry; his major contribution lies in Islamic philosophy and Tasawwof (Sufism). The Rumi Route gives insight into Rumi's life and times by touching on the Seljuk era, the city of Konya, the Whirling Dervish, Anatolian carpets, Sufi music - and Seljuk Cuisine.
İplikçi Cami, Shams of Tabriz Masjid and Tomb, Şerafettin Cami, Kapu Cami, Konya Aziziye Mosque, Mevlana Museum, Mevlana Cultural Center
Stand on the upper left side of Mevlana Street, with your back to Alaadin Hill and the Alaadin tram station, looking straight down to the Mevlana with the trademark turquoise green dome. The walk starts in front of the plaque on the2.5m high vitrine with a blue metal rooftop, similar to the Mevlana dome.
Places to stop along the way:
Bedesten, tea shop behind IŞ Bank near Aziziye Mosque, Ikonium, Akın's Carpet & Kilim store, Konya Ney
Best time of day:
It's best to walk during the times the Mevlana Mausoleum and Museum are open: Tuesdays to Sundays from 8.30am to 5pm. Both are closed on Mondays. You can also enquire about evening opening hours at the Tourist Centre, just behind the Mevlana.
It's really safe to walk around Konya, at night or during the day, even for a woman travelling alone. Konya is known to be a conservative city. Bear that in mind, and make sure you're dressed appropriately. Be respectful of prayer times when visiting mosques.