Category Archives: Central Anatolia

Hittite adventure in Hattuşa

This Sunday ended up just being a wild messed-up but still fun goose chase. I had wanted to visit Hattuşa (pronounced hattusha) for a while now and after my visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations the week before, the history enthusiast in me thought that it should be my next destination.

Entrance to the Great Temple
Entrance to the Great Temple

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The whirls of Konya

One of the first places I wanted to go to in Turkey after Istanbul was without any doubt Konya. My family had been bugging me about it ever since they learned I was moving to Turkey and personally, I was as excited as them to be able to go there. Konya is the birthplace of the sema, the Whirling Dervishes, which is a Sufi ceremony performed for the purpose to be one with God, the reason why I wanted to visit in the first place. It even features on the UNESCO’s third Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. It’s no wonder really that as soon as the opportunity presented itself, I packed my bags and on my way I was.

The sema ceremony in Konya
The sema ceremony in Konya

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