Dönenler Camii

At the end of Cumhuriyet Caddesi in Kütahya is the Dönenler Camii, a Sufi dervish tekke built in the 14th century. It was restored in 1812 under Sultan Mahmut II and again in 1841 under Abdülmecit I. In 1925, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk outlawed all Sufi organizations and it closed down. In 1959, Dönenler Camii was restored and reopened again.

Dönenler Camii in Kütahya, Turkey

Dönenler Camii

The interior is beautiful and has a round prayer hall where the Sema ceremony was performed. The balcony level was where the musicians would sit during the ceremony. Click here for a virtual tour.

Dönenler Camii in Kütahya, Turkey

Dönenler Camii

Dönenler Camii in Kütahya, Turkey

Dönenler Camii

Dönenler Camii in Kütahya, Turkey

Dönenler Camii

Other features include inscriptions commemorating the repairs to the mosque in the 19th century, Koranic script, and designs painted by hand.

Dönenler Camii in Kütahya, Turkey

Dönenler Camii

Dönenler Camii in Kütahya, Turkey

Dönenler Camii

The tomb of Mevlâna’s grandson, Cenap Ergün Çelebi, is behind a green curtain in the back along with his family.

Tomb of Cenap Ergün Çelebi at the Dönenler Camii in Kütahya, Turkey

Tomb of Cenap Ergün Çelebi

Next to the mosque is the aşevi (kitchen). Across the street is Ulu Camii.

Aşevi at the Dönenler Camii in Kütahya, Turkey

Aşevi

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