St Pauls Cathedral - Section through Wrens Dome
A section drawing through the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, the architectural masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren. The inner brick dome stands 218 ft from the floor of the cathedral, with the top of the stone lantern pinnacle rising a further 100 feet into the London air. An internal brick cone supports the outer dome and the stone lantern
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Trades union membership certificate
A trades union membership certificate for the United Operative Plumbers Association of Great Britain and Ireland, with Defence and Defiance as their motto. Two noble-looking workmen stand with heraldic shields on either side of Britannia, flanked by the British Lion and Unicorn.
© Mary Evans Picture Library / Grayhams Collection
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Konya - Mosque & Turbe (burial building) of Rumi
Konya - Mosque & Turbe (burial building) of Rumi. The Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes of Konya (Konia). This Dervish order was founded in memory of Jelaluddin Rumi (1207 - 1273) - mystic and poet. When the great Andalusian mystic Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi met Rumi (as a boy) with his Father in Baghdad - he commented when he saw him walking away behind his Father "How strange, there goes a Sea followed by an Ocean". The advancing Mongol hordes forced Rumi's Family to leave Balkh - arriving finally in Konya (Turkey). In Konya in 1244, a wandering Dervish met Rumi (Shamsuddin of Tabriz). After three years of friendship, Shamsuddin vanished mysteriously - some think he was murdered by Rumi's followers out of jealousy. Rumi wrote the Mathnawi - his most important work - called by some the Persian Koran'. Rumi's primary concern was not to found a Dervish order - it was his son, who after his Father's death instituted the formality of a Tariqah in his memory, hence the Mevlevi Dervishes today. The actual act of whirling is known as the Sema ('The Hearing'). The Sema is formed of various cycles. The spiritual seeker (Salik) must have personal freedom, in all aspects of life. The Salik's development is totally borne out of the culture of the place (personal development through trade apprenticeships etc.), moulding the individual in physical ad spiritual knowledge."
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