Born at the beginning of the 13th century, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi was an Anatolian holy man who gave hope and inspiration to humanity, and who died in Konya in 1273.
Mevlana believed that, through music and dance, one can enter a religious state of ecstasy, thereby discovering divine love, and he created a religion/ philosophy based on tolerance.
His followers, the Mevlevi Order were formed in Konya and are also known as Whirling Dervishes, famous for their very dynamic and ecstatic rituals and dance according to the practice of their order.
Every year in December, the famous Mevlana Festival is held at the Mevlana Museum with sema as the most popular moment of the event. Sema is a whirling dance performed in traditional symbolic costume and is famous across the country.