The hometown of the major names of Turkish culture and literature Mevlana and Nasreddin Hodja, Konya is a magnificent city of great cultural and historical significance.
Known as one of the earliest settlements on Earth, and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük reveals also the beginning of the history of Konya.
Surrounded with many historical monuments and sites, Konya offers the opportunity to get familiar with the cultural values of the region and get immersed in Rumi’s philosophical thoughts.
One of the most important faith tourism centers in Anatolia, Konya invites you to discover its unique mystical nature!
MUST DO IN KONYA !
MEWLANA MUSEUM ; The museum was originally a Rose Garden in the Seljuk Palace and was later presented as a gift to Rumi’s father and made a Dervish Lodge. The Mevlana Museum in Konya has many divisions, hosting many valuable articles. Also known as the Green Mausoleum, the museum spans 18,000 meter squares, and is the second most visited destination after Topkapi.
BUY A AUTHENTIC SILK PRODUCT; Silk, which has been the most important product and trade item of Bursa is processed with great efforts so that high quality fabric of silk is obtained. It is highly recommended that you take a look at these special fabrics made of pure silk before leaving Bursa.
SULTANHANI CARAVANSERAI; Trade across Turkey in medieval Seljuk times was dependent on camel trains (caravans), which stopped by night at inns called caravanserais, which were spaced at distances of 30-40km, a one-day camel trek. These buildings provided accommodation and other amenities for the merchants and stabling for their animals.
ÇATAL HOYUK; One the first settlements of mankind, Çatal höyük is aprox. 50 kms far away from Konya and has been accepted to UNESCO World Heritage List. Neolithic Çatalhöyük city was founded about 9000 years before located on the southern Anatolian plateau and covers an area of approximately 14 square acres. There are exactly eighteen Neolithic layers in Çatalhöyük consisting of two big mounds. This ancient settlement proves that human being began city life in Çatalhoyük from rural areas.