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Konya, one of the first settlement places in human history has a background history of ordinary settlement since prehistoric age and ruled under the dominance of Hittites , Phrygia, Lydia, Persians, Bergama / Pergamos and Byzantines one after another. The city was ruled by Seljuks in 1071 and was the capital city of Anatolia Seljuks Empire from 1097 to 1277. It was under the dominance of Ottoman Empire after rules by Karamanoglu Dynasty.

Being one of the most important recreation and commerce stop of historical Ancient Silk Road and being considered as an "open-air museum" Konya is an important Anatolian City of Turkey. A big part of the city is located in Central Anatolia Turkey and the rest part of the city is located in Mediterranean Region of the Turkey.

This popular  Anatolian City has an important place of growing religious scholars and scientist of the history and has a great rich history,  culture  and natural beauties.

There are numerous festivals and activities being held in Konya, and some of the important ones are;  Remembering Mevlana Festival being performed in city center in December, International Nasreddin Hodja Festival between July 5 and July 10 every year and Yunus Emre Art and Culture Festival being held in Doganhisar Town every year the 4.Th week of  August.

Places to visit in Konya

Museums; Museum of Mevlana which is the most important museum of Konya Dervish Lodge of Mevlana covering an area of 1800 m2, Archeological Museum, Ceramics Art Museum, Monuments Museum, Ethnography Museum, Aksehir, House of Ataturk, Eregli Museums, Karatay Museum was established in 1251 and is displaying fine arts and ceramics from Ottoman Empire Era nd Seljuks Age, Ince Minare Museum was built in 1254 and having a great range of Seljuks Age's valueable stones and wooden artifacts to display to it's visitors,  Sircali Tomb Monuments Museum was constructed in  1242 and having a variety of Ottoman Empire's and Seljuk's Tomb Stones to display, Koyunoglu , Aksehir Archeology and Aksehir Ataturk Museums.

Ruins and antique cities; Konya Ethnography Museum, Catalhoyuk where you will see the first settlement, first architecture of a house and first sacred / holly places was built in human life, Klistra Antique city where one of the 12 disciples of Jesus gave a sermon for the first time and is located on King's road, St. Helen Church was constructed in 327 A.C. and the preach chair and the colorful figures on the wall are eye catching.

Historical mosques and religious buildings; Alaaddin Mosque  (is an example of 12. century Anatolian Seljuks Architecture and is one of the oldest and biggest mosques of Konya. Minbar of this mosque is decorated with gorgeous wood embroidery and  Mihbar is decorated with ceramic handcrafts.), Iplikci Mosque (was constructed in 13. century, and was re-open in 1967), Sahip Ata ,  Sadrettin Konevi (who is one of the scholars who used to live in 12.Th century), Sems-i Tebrizi , Kadi Mursel, Tursunoglu / Tahir Pasa, Selimiye Mosque (is one of the best example and arts of 16.Th century Ottoman Architectures), Azize, Serafettin, Kapi, Nakipoglu, Pri Mehmet Pasa, Haci Fettah, Ovali Oglu, Saray, Sep Hevan, Koprubasi, Namik Pasa and Amber Reis Mosques are only some of the important historical religious arts and mosques in the area.

Tombs; Tombs of Sultans (was built by Sultan Kilincaslan , There are 8 sarcophagus in tomb belonging to; Sultan Mesud I, Kilincaslan II, Rukneddin Suleyman II, Giyaseddin Keyhusrev I, Aleaddin Keykubat I, Kilinaslan IV and Giyaseddin Keyhusrev III),  Tavusbaba Tomb is belong to Seyh Tavus Mehmet El Hindi, Ates-Baz Veli Tomb, Gomec Hatun Tomb the wife of Anatolia Seljuk's Sultan Rukneddin Kilic Aslan VI, Kesikbas , Tahir and Zuhre, Emir Nurettin, Tac-ul Vezir, Burhaneddin Fakih Tomb was build for scholar and Sufi Burhaneddin in 1454, Guhertas, Karasungur, Pir Esat, Ulas Baba, Seyh Osman Rumi, Fakih Dede, Kalender Baba, Siyavus Veli and Turgutogullari Tombs.

Monuments; Eflatunpinar is a sacred / holy Hittites Monument, Fasillar Monuments is one of the biggest rock monuments of the world, Eflatunpinar Hittites monuments and Ivriz embroidery.

Pavilions and houses; Zazadin House was constructed by the Vezir of Seljuks Sadettin Kopek , Horozlu Pavilion was established in 1248 in a shape of caravansary without a backyard, Kizilviran House and Obluk Pavilion.

Thermals and spas; Ilgin Thermal Tourism Center, Kosk Spas and Ismail Thermal Spa.

Recreation Areas; Meke Crater Lake and Aci Lake and many other crater lakes and waterfalls such as Cirak Lake, Meyil Lake and Yerkopru Waterfalls.

Caves; There are 65 caves in Konya and we can list them mainly; Buyuk Duden Cave in Derebucak, Tinaztepe Cave System in Saydisehir Town, Cave of Balatini in Beysehir, Korukini Cave in Beysehir, Suluin / Degirmenini Cave, Susuz Cave and Pinarbasi Cave.

Provinces of Konya
Ahirli, Yalihoyuk, Akoren, Tuzlukcu, Altinekil, Taskent,Bozkir,  Seydisehir, Cihanbeyli, Selcuklu, Celtik, Sarayonu, Cumra, Meram, Derbent, Kulu, Derebucak, Karatay, Doganhisar, Huyuk, Emirgazi, Hadim, Guneysinir and eregli.

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