One of Turkey`s oldest continuously-inhabited cities, Konya is known as the `Home of the Whirling Dervishes`. Konya`s golden age was in the 12th and 13th centuries when it was the capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum. Sema whirling dervish ceremonies take place at the Mevlana Cultural Center, east of the museum. The city`s renown derives from the nearby ruins of Catal Huyuk and, more so, from the shrine of Rumi, the great Sufi poet (1207-1273). The most famous building here is the Green Mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, the former dervish seminary, attached to the mausoleum, is now a museum, devoted to Rumi`s works.