Assumed as the center of Mevlevi culture and art, Mawlana (Rumi) Dervish Lodge is one of the most important belief centers of Anatolia. It is also an important reference point for Religion-State unity. The Mevlevi way contributed a great deal on Turkish Religious Musiki (Turkish music of old times) which is assumed as one the most important music systems in the world and this lodge is the most basic spot to understand the Mevlevi way
Mawlana Lodge, a museum now, was given to Mawlana’s father Sultanu’l Ulema Bahaeddin Veled by Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad when it was a rose garden of the Seldjuk Palace. After Sultanu’l-Ulema’s death, those who loved him, came to Mawlana and requested that they wanted to build a tomb on his father’s grave. Mawlana said “no tomb is better than the Sky Dome” and refused the request. However, when he died in December 17th, 1273, his son Sultan Veled accepted the requests of those who wanted to build a tomb over Mawlana’s grave.
In the museum, pieces of art, handwritten books, plaques, candles and “musiki” instruments are displayed.