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3 May 2013 - 13 June 2013
3 May 2013 - 13 June 2013
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City Guide: KonyaBeing one of the first residential areas of the universal history, Konya is a settling area with a long past reaching the prehistoric eras. Located at the south of Central Anatolia, the city was the capital of the Seljuk Empire between 1097 and 1277. Konya bringing up Islamic scholars is identified with Mevlana, the world-famous muslim great scholar.
Housing multitudinous historic, cultural and natural treasury, Konya as a mighty trade and settlement area throughout the history is situated on the historic Silk Road. Many museums, mosques, memorials and palaces compose the fabric of culture tourism in the city.
Kubbe-i Hadra (Green Canopy) which was the residence of Mevlana was transformed into Mevlana Museum in 1954. It is located on a 18.000 m2 area. Mevlana conventions was spread about all over the world from here. You will find everything concerned with Mevlana known as the clemency and peace person worldwide.
Archeology Museum, Etnography Museum, Mezar Anitlari Museum (Grave Tombs Museum), Aksehir Museum, Aksehir Archeology Museum, Aksehir Ataturk Museum and more are all witty remarks from the history that you should experience.
One of the crucial must-sees of Konya is Catalhoyuk located 60 km away from the city center. The first settlement and the first celestial structure occured in Catalhoyuk.
You should not leave Konya without visiting Kilistra Archaic City. It is one of the places where one of the apostles of Jesus, Saint Paul, sermonized to the masses.
Nasreddin Hodja being worldwide famous with its clauses was born in Aksehir. You should visit this district to find a lot related to Nasreddin Hodja
Culture & EntertainmentHandloom, copperworking, xlography, leather trade, felt making, wooden spoon making and jewellery reflects the authentic culture of Konya.
Meke Crater Lake, Beysehir Lake Milli Park and Aksehir Lake offer alternatives for natural troops.
There are countless natural beauties in Konya that you should experience. Ilgin Thermal Tourism Center (Ilgin-Aksehir), Kosk Hot Springs (Huyuk-Beysehir) are the examples of thermal tourism. Also there are many lakes with bird paradises enabling different kinds of birds to live around. Aksehir, Cavuscu, Uyuz, Kozanli and Kulu Lakes are just some of them that you should tour when visiting Konya.
Marbled art, calligraphy art and picture art reflect the local culture.
Food & DrinkYou will find vegetable, meat ad flour dishes in the local cuisine.
Tayga, mercimekli ogmac, arapasi, tandir, milk, tutmac, eriste soups
Firin Kebab, bread with meat, cullama, topalak kofte, cella
Eksili kabak (zucchini), zucchini with egg, zulbiye, patlican bayiltan (aubergine), lahana kapama (cabbage), patlican bogurme (aubergine), copleme
Borek with cheese and mince, kikirdakli borek, tandir sac, water borek, sedirler, and tatar borek.
Konya has many malls. Most of these main shopping locations of the city are gathered at the city center.You will find a wide range of alternatives from food market, food court, hipermarket to famous brands, brand boutiques, large stores, cinema, entertaining center and huge parking lots within these shopping centers.
You should buy authentic weaving carpets and kilims available at the districts and neighborhoods of the city. Also, you can obtain gifts peculiar to Mevlana and Konya city from almost all the parts of the city.
In Skylife Konya
City That Speaks To The Heart
City That Speaks To The Heart
Literary capital of the steps and Selcuk states, Konya is like an open air museum of history and religion. Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, who compares the city to a play of light in his book, Five Cities, gives a clue to understanding Konya: “It is like the inwardly-rich Central Anatolian, sound of spirit, glad to be alive, outwardly modest. To be able to grasp it, you need to mingle closely with its times and seasons.”
Rising in the heart of the city, Alâeddin Hill is named for the Seljuk mosque that stands atop it. Immediately adjacent to this eight-century-old temple rises a fragment of the Pavilion of Kılıçarslan II. Its surroundings recently given a facelift, Alâeddin Mosque is at the same time home to the graves of eight Seljuk sultans. And the avenue that runs from here to the Mevlana Dervish Lodge fairly teems with historic structures: İplikçi Mosque, Şerafettin Mosque, Şems-i Tebrizi Mosque and Maqam, Selimiye Mosque and, finally, the Mevlana Dervish Lodge. In the maqam, which houses cenotaphs of Mevlana and his descendants, various artifacts of Mevlevi culture are exhibited alongside animations. Konya Museums Director Yusuf Benli, who says that the lodge draws close to two and a half million visitors a year, tells us they want to create a Mevlana Valley of Culture here.
İbrahim Dıvarcı is a Konya photographer and one of the contributors to a weighty tome titled Monuments of the Anatolian Seljuks. We ask him which Seljuk monuments in Konya are absolute must-see’s. The first of the magnificent Seljuk monuments in Konya is the Karatay Madrasa. Famous for its tiles, the madrasa was commissioned by the Seljuk Amir Jelâladdin Karatay in 1251. A center for astronomy, Quranic Commentary and the hadith in its day, the building is a tile museum today. Another Seljuk masterpiece in the city is the İnce Minareli Madrasa, or College of the Slender Minaret. Conspicuous for its dazzling crown portal, this structure was built in 1264 at the behest of İzzeddin Kaykavus II. The Sahipata Mosque Complex, which represents the pinnacle of Seljuk stonework, is another of Konya’s treasures. Unique to the Seljuk period, a section of this monumental structure decorated with turquoise tiles has been converted into a museum. Another structure to which Dıvarcı draws attention is Anatolia’s largest Seljuk caravanserai, Zazadin, located slightly outside the city center.
Crowned with magnificent Islamic monuments representing a matchless synthesis of the Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman civilizations, the history of Konya is actually far older, going back to 10,000 years ago. Ian Hodder, director of the archaeological dig at Çatalhöyük, which was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site last summer, says history’s first city map was drawn here. Bread basket of Turkey throughout its history, Konya is the country’s second largest province by area. Lakes such as Konya, Beyşehir, Akşehir, Meke and the Acıgöl all lie within its borders. Exhibiting massive economic development in recent years, Konya is being transformed step by step into a brand city. The organized industrial zone of this city, where upwards of 100,000 students study at four universities, is a city in its own right. And the foundations have already been laid for Avşar Dam, which will bring the waters of the Taurus Mountains to Konya Plain. Meanwhile construction continues apace on Turkey’s first science center, the 42,000-capacity New Konya Stadium, Teknokent, the Seljuk Congress Center and the Valley of the Butterflies. The New Konya Museum, which will merge the city’s archaeological and ethnographic exhibitions, is in the project stage. Representing one of the most successful examples of urban transformation in Turkey, the city is gearing up for the future without severing its traditions.
The excitement is mounting in Konya during the countdown to the 739th anniversary of the death of the great Islamic sage, Mevlana Jalaladdin Rumi. On the night of December 17th, known as “The Night of Reunion”, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world descend on Konya to hear the words of Mevlana in the city where he uttered them. Not only that, every Saturday night at eight a whirling ceremony is staged to Turkish Sufi music at the Mevlana Culture Center. Mathnawi chats in Turkish and English are held prior to the ceremony, which is followed by some 2,500 people every week. Pay heed to this beautiful city and it will speak to your heart.
THE MEVLEVI DINING TABLE
We have a recommendation for those seeking an alternative to traditional Konya dishes like okra soup, bread with meat, and tirit. Try the Mevlevi specialties in the restaurants on Menguç Sokak with its old Konya houses. Inspired by the recipes of Mevlana’s chief cook, Ateşbaz Veli, Konya chef Ulaş Tekerkaya recommends karamık soup, meat with figs, saffron-flavored bulghur, almond halvah, and rose syrup drink.
You can explore the city on double-decker buses, which leave from in front of the Mevlana Dervish Lodge at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. with guide and runs 3 TL per person.
Two recommendations for the nearby area: The gardens and vineyards of Meram, and the old houses, bridges, historic mosques and rock churches at Sille are well worth seeing.
Novelist Sinan Yağmur’s trilogy, Tears of Love, is ideal for a Konya trip in the footsteps of Mevlana. Translated into 8 languages, the work has sold close to five million copies.
One of Konya’s leading felt masters, Celalettin Berberoğlu says that felt, by traditional methods, has been turned into all sorts of products from coins to vests.
The instruments of Mevlevi music such as the rebab, ney and kudum can be purchased in the workshops around the Mevlana Dervish Lodge, and you can also take lessons. Rebab virtuoso Ali Şems Aksu says that the rebab takes its name from the word for cloud and has watered hearts for centuries.
Silvia Ines Garoselli
“I got to know Mevlana when I was a university student in Argentina. I came to Konya to see the place where Mevlana lived and to learn the local felt-making tradition. I took the name Rabia and worked for many years with Mehmet Gırgıç, a felt maker. There are a lot of foreigners who have followed in the footsteps of Mevlana and settled in Konya. I have been doing felt-work for some 20 years in my workshop on Bostan Çelebi Street.”
Exhibiting massive economic development in recent years, Konya is being transformed step by step into a brand city.
Ticket Sales Offices: Konya
|Konya Sales Office|
|Address||ŞEYH SADRETTİN MAH. FERİTPAŞA CAD.10/B ANIT LİMANI PK.42040 MERAM/KONYA|
0(332) 321 21 00
0(332) 321 15 17
Monday - Friday: 08:30 – 17:30
|Address||KONYA HAVAALANI KONYA|
|Phone||0(332) 239 11 99|
Everyday: 04:30 - 12:30 / 14:00 -24:00
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|Address||ATATÜRK CAD. AKBANK KARŞISI NO:12 KULU/KONYA|
|Phone||0(332) 641 63 60|
|Fax||0(332) 641 67 10|
Saturday : 08:30-17:00
Sunday : Closed
|Address||KÜLHAN MAH. KAZIM KARABEKİR PAŞA CAD. ORMAN İŞLETMA KARŞISI|
|Phone||0(338)212 06 80|
|Fax||0(338) 214 24 90|
Saturday : 09:00-17:00
Sunday : Closed
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Address : Phone : +90 332 239 13 43 (5 lines)
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