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The ‘Green Dome’ of the Mevlana Museum, known as Kubbe-i Hadra, was reopened to visitors

The “Green Dome,” known as the Kubbe-i Hadra, which was built after the death of the renowned 13th-century Muslim saint and anatolia mystic Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi has been reopened for visitors following extensive restoration work that began three years ago.

The “Kubbe-i Hadra” (Green Dome), also known as the tomb, was built by the architect Tebrizli Bedrettin on four elephant foot (thick column) supports, at a cost of 130,000 Seljuk dirhams.

Construction activities continued without interruption after this date, with additions made until the end of the 19th century.

After its construction, the Kubbe-i Hadra underwent several restoration projects, with the most comprehensive restoration taking place in the year 2020.

The "Green Dome," known as the Kubbe-i Hadra, of Konya iconic Mevlana Museum has been reopened for visitors
Photo Oğuz Büyükyıldırım

During the restoration process, the damaged and detached tiles were removed, revealing the brick dome from the Anatolian Seljuk period underneath.

In the space between the dome and the brick structure below, approximately 100 tons of added weight, such as concrete and iron, with a thickness ranging from 15 to 18 centimeters, was removed.

The Scientific Committee decided to reproduce the tiles in shades of blue and turquoise based on tile samples from 1816 and 1835. These tiles were meticulously crafted by hand in Konya using the Iznik-style underglaze technique, marking the first time this had been done since 1396.

However, during the restoration process, deformations occurred, and the dome’s cover was removed, and the scaffolding started to be dismantled.

Restoration work was resumed due to the chipping of the tiles and deformations.

With the dismantling of the scaffolding, approximately 8,500 pieces of ceramic tiles were recreated using Horasan mortar.

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