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Men and women pray outside Sultan Selim Mosque in Konya, Turkey. Friday prayers are so full that people have to pray in the front courtyard. Konya was was once called Iconium.

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A man bows in prayer during Friday prayers at Sultan Selim Mosque in Konya, Turkey. Friday prayers are so full that people have to pray in the front courtyard. Konya was was once called Iconium.

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Men and women participate in Friday prayers outside Sultan Selim Mosque in Konya, Turkey. Friday prayers are so full that people have to pray in the front courtyard. Konya was was once called Iconium.

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Men in Konya, Turkey, pray during Friday prayers.

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Men pray during Friday prayers outside Sultan Selim Mosque in Konya, Turkey. Friday prayers are so full that people have to pray in the front courtyard. Konya was was once called Iconium.

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The Mevlâna Museum and mosque in Konya, Turkey. The museum is dedicated to Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, more commonly Rumi, who was a poet and Sufi mystic. Konya is the birthday place of Sufism and the whirling dervishes. In 1273, followers of the recently deceased Rumi established the Sufi order of the Whirling Dervishes in the city of Konya.

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The Turkish flag flies in a market bazaar.

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A woman exits Sultan Selim Mosque in Konya, Turkey, through a carpet that acts as the mosque’s door.

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A man prepares to exit the Sultan Selim Mosque in Konya, Turkey, after praying.

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The sun sets behind one of the many mosques in Konya, Turkey, as pigeons circle the building. Konya was once known as Iconium.

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Worshipers exit the Sultan Selim Mosque in Konya, Turkey, after prayer time as the late sun shines on a carpet that acts as the mosque’s door.

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Children play in the cobblestone streets of a small village called Sille, just outside of Konya, Turkey. Sille was one of the few villages where the Cappadocian Greek language was spoken up until 1922, and it was inhabited by Greeks who coexisted peacefully with the nearby Turks of Konya for more than 800 years.

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A man herds sheep through the hills of the small village called Sille just outside of Konya, Turkey. The church in the background is Aya Eleni Church, one of the oldest Greek churches in Turkey. Sille was one of the few villages where the Cappadocian Greek language was spoken until 1922, and it was inhabited by Greeks who coexisted peacefully with the nearby Turks of Konya for more than 800 years.

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Windowsill in small village called Sille, just outside of Konya, Turkey.

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Kids play football in the streets of a small neighborhood in Konya, Turkey. Once known as Iconium, Konya is historically and religiously significant for many reasons. It was one of the missionary destinations of the Apostle Paul, the site of one of the first church councils, the capital of the Seljuk Empire from 1150 to 1300 and is the home of the Sufi Muslim saint who founded the whirling dervishes.

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Detailed architecture of a mosque in Turkey.

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Detailed architecture of a mosque in Turkey.

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Detailed shots of the woodwork and ceramic-patterned writing inside a mosque.

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Whirling dervishes perform their physical act of meditation. The whirling dervishes trace their origin to the 13th-century Ottoman Empire. The dervishes, also known as the Mevlevi Order, are Sufis, a spiritual offshoot of Islam. The ceremony represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love. The city of Konya is the birthplace of Sufism and the whirling dervishes. Turks come from all over Turkey to see the performance and the museum and mosque.

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Whirling dervishes perform their physical act of meditation. The whirling dervishes trace their origin to the 13th-century Ottoman Empire. The dervishes, also known as the Mevlevi Order, are Sufis, a spiritual offshoot of Islam. The ceremony represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love. The city of Konya is the birthplace of Sufism and the whirling dervishes. Turks come from all over Turkey to see the performance and the museum and mosque.

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