What is Caravanserai?
These buildings are set a days camel's ride distance, and are all on the ancient Silk Road trading route. Weary travellers could stay for upto 3 days free of charge, and have new shoes, or shoes mended, and their animals tended, in the safetly of a building that looks like a fortress.
Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Saruhan Caravanserai
The old Saruhan Caravanserai, built in 1249 and totally restored, is the place for the holy ceremony of the whirling dervishes in Cappadocia. The ceremony, inspired by the great Mevlânâ (1207-1273), is part of the Turkish history, tradition, culture and beliefs. Performed only by religious men, while whirling endlessly, they have their arms open, their right hands directed to the sky and the left ones turned toward earth. They turn from right to left. pivoting around the heart, conveying God's spiritual gifts to the people - to us. The Carvanserai is a very interesting one and watching this ceremony, carried over for hundreds of years, is an experience that a visitor in Turkey should not miss. Enjoy!