Capital City Of The Steppe

Anatolia’s Life Line, Konya Has Been A Center Of Culture In Almost Every Field For Millennia.

Konya is one of the oldest centers of human settlement in Anatolia. Known as Iconium in antiquity, its name eventually was transformed into Konya. With its cultural treasures and rich heritage, Konya harbors a major part of Anatolia’s endless riches.

Climbing this hill is derigeuer if you want to say you’ve been to Konya! Rising in the middle of the plain, it is actually a manmade tumulus. The Alaeddin Mosque on top of it is a legacy of the Seljuks.

As a city, Konya was the capital of the Anatolian Seljuks after Iznik (ancient Nicaea). Outstanding examples of Seljuk art made the city one of the most centres of the Middle Ages. The dazzling ceramic tiles of Anatolian Seljuk art are on display today at the Karatay Madrasa in the city center. Every tile here tells a different story from the past, a different legend from the days of old, in a symbolic language.

Çatalhöyük, a neolithic settlement near the town of Çumra in Konya province, is where human beings first made the transition to the sedentary lifestyle, engaged in agriculture and used fire to cook food. With a history stretching from the prehistoric through the Hittite, Roman and Byzantine empires, Konya experienced a golden age in the time of the Anatolian Seljuks.

The famous thinker Mawlana Jalaladdin Rumi, who was born in the Afghan province of Balkh and died in Konya, is one of the first figures that comes to mind at the mention of the city. The shrine of this great mystic, whose ideas have been studied for hundreds of years and whose message has spread from Konya to the whole world, attracts thousands of people to Konya every day. The Mamluk candlesticks, handwritten Holy Qurans and Mathnawi and personal effects of Rumi in his mausoleum transport visitors to another time.

Konya is a great city with a soul, and with mystery in the details. It awaits you like a poem with its mosques, caravanserais, road houses and spiritual venues, as well as its unique urban fabric and natural beauty.

Turkish Airlines has Konya flights in both directions from Istanbul every day of the week. For more information:

Konya cuisine is rich and different. Offering the tastes of the steppe on the one hand, it also includes choice palace dishes that developed when Konya was the seat of the Seljuk sultanate. Oven Kebab Ground meat dishes Etli ekmek (‘bread with meat’) and Bıçak arası (‘between the knives’), Arap aşı soup, okra soup, and a meatball dish, Etli topalak, are some Konya treats you won’t be able to get your fill of.