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In the evening we returned back to the port city of Antalya. This was the ancient harbor in Turkey where the apostle Paul arrived by ship on his missionary journeys.
Hadrian's Gate is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who visited Antalya in 130 AD.
Our next day of travel was by bus to Cappadocia with a stopover in Konya in central Turkey. Konya has been inhabited since around 3000 BC and ruled over the years by the Hittites, Persians, Greeks and Romans. During the Greek and Roman times it was known as Iconium. Paul and Barnabas preached in Iconium during their first missionary journey in about 47-48 AD, and Paul and Silas probably visited it again during the second missionary journey in about 50 AD. It is believed that Tertius of Iconium acted as a scribe for the Paul, writing down his letter to the Romans.
The Mevlâna Museum is the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Sufi mystic also known as Mevlâna or Rumi, built in 1274. It was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. In 1926 it was turned into a museum. Next to the museum is a small mosque that is now used for the exhibition of a collection of old, illustrated Korans and extremely valuable prayer rugs.
Within the museum are wax figures portraying the life and training of the dervishes.
The Muslim women in this part of Turkey were very conservatively dressed. This was a considerable change from the female attire in the European side of Istanbul.
While In Konya, we thoroughly enjoyed Turkish pizza. It is quite different from American pizza.
To see more pictures of our Turkey Travels, click on one of the links below:
Arrival in Istanbul, Travel to Bursa and Uludag
Istanbul Mosques and Cathedrals
Istanbul Palaces and Historic Sites
Streets of Istanbul
Aspendos, Perge and Side
Antalya and Konya
Cappadocia – Day 1 Morning
Cappadocia – Day 1 Afternoon
Cappadocia – Day 2 Morning
Cappadocia – Day 2 Afternoon
Final Day in Istanbul