MEVLEVI TEKKE

MEVLEVI TEKKE

N° 50 n
Town / Village : Nicosia

District : Nicosia

 

DESCRIPTION :

Mevlevi Tekke (the Mosque of the Dancing Dervishes) is a late 16th – early 17th century building and tradition has it that it was built upon land that was donated by a rich lady named Emine Sultan. A tekke is a religious lodging house.

The mosque consists of the mausoleum, an oblong room covered by six small domes. In this room 16 dervishes of the Mevlevi religious sect are buried in tombs that bear stone representations of the Mevlevi headdress. The mosque’s main place of worhip is a large room with a wooden roof supported by three arches. Every Sunday, the dervishes used to dance in this room and from the wooden balcony the musicians used to play music and recite excerpts from the Koran. The devotees sought to attain ecstasy by performing a whirling dance to religious music.

What still remains of the building complex, which used to include living accomodation for the Dervishes, is the meeting house, with its dancing floor, and the shrine of the former sheiks of this sect, beyond.

Whilst in 1925 Kemal Ataturk banned all monastic sects in Turkey, this mosque functioned until 1956, since Cyprus was a British colony.

Period :  late 16th century – early 17th century

 

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The Mevlevi religious sect was named after the philosopher Mevlana Djelal-eddin Roumi (1201 – 1273) who was born in Afghanistan and died in Turkey. The Mevlevi sect quickly expanded and gained property and fame. The sect’s main characteristics was common prayer, a kind of litany which consisted of the repeated pronunciation of the name of God and the rythmic moving (whirling) of the body.



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