Konya, May 2022

Konya deserves a blog post all on its own, given its cultural and spiritual significance. Pictured here is the exterior of the Rumi Museum, where the shrine of Maulana Jalaluddin Balkhi Rumi (known in the West as Rumi) is located. The journey to get here was a long and difficult one, but I finally made it, and it feels good.
One of Rumi’s famous Farsi couplets, located atop the entrance door of his shrine, which is mandatory for spiritual pilgrims to recite upon entering.

Translation:

“This place is like the Ka’ba for lovers.
Anyone who comes here broken and incomplete
will leave whole.”
Tomb of Rumi. A beautiful and fitting resting place for a great and powerful personality who shrouded his greatness and power with humility and simplicity.
“Tandir Kabob” — or “Tandoor Kabob” — which is a local speciality in Konya. Gives life to the dead.

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