Konya, which is one of the earliest settlements in human history and which bears the traces of lots of civilizations it hosted throughout history, has the identity of a museum-city.
Konya is situated on a vast plain. Catalhoyuk, one of the earliest cities of the world, is within the boundaries of Konya. There are also the traces of Hittite settlements in the region. The relief at Ivriz, churches and temples carved into the rocks in Sille and Eflatun Spring are very impressive.
Konya has numerous cultural and natural riches. In addition, many Savants of Islam lived in Konya. Among these important savants is Mavlana Celaleddini Rumi, who is the sultan of the hearts with his immense forbearance and his love for the human beings. Konya has always been on the main routes throughout history. It was one of the most important trade end stopover centers of the historical Silk Road.
Konya served as the capital of the Seljuk Empire in the 12th and 13th centuries, hence, in Konya, there are a lot of works and remnants from these periods. Alaeddin Mosque and Palace, Karatay Madrasa, İnce Minareli Madrasa, Ulu Mosque, Sahip Ata Mausoleum, Altinkaya Mosque, Esrefoglu Mosque and Madrasa Kubad- Abad Summer Palace in the vicinity of Beysehir Lake are some of the places that should be visited. The Mevlevis, famous for their Whirling Dervishes and the Green Mausoleum, where Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi is buried are also in Konya.
In addition to all these places, Konya is a captivating city with its natural beauties and its modern hotels that can meet the requirements of all sorts of meeting, conference and convention activities.
Road: It is possible to go to Konya from any place in Turkey via road.
Railroad: There are rail connections from Konya to various cities of Turkey.
Airline: There is a daily flight from Konya to Istanbul and a daily flight from Istanbul to Konya.
Brief Historical Account
Settlement in and around Konya dates back to the prehistoric era. Konya was ruled by the Hittites, Phryigians, Lydians, Persians, Iskenderun, the Kingdom of Pergamum, Romans and Byzantines. The city, which came into the possession of the Seljuks following the Malazgirt War in 1071, served as the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk’s State up until 1277. After the Seljuks, Konya was ruled by the Karamanogullari Principality and the Ottoman Empire.
The annual mean temperature is 11,5°C in Konya. The mean temperature in July is 23°C, the mean temperature in January is around 0°C.
Places to Go and Visit
Numerous mosques, madrasas, inns, caravanserais left to us by the Seljuks and Ottomans, Catalhoyuk, the ancient city of Kilistra, Sille St. Elena Church, Ivriz relief, Mevlana Mausoleum and Dergah, Selcuklu Kiosk.
Mevlana Museum, Archeological Museum, China Works Museum, Mausoleum Museum, Stone and Wood Works Museum, Etnography Museum, Aksehir Museum, Eregli Museum, Ataturk Museum, Karatay Museum (Madrasa), Ince Minare Museum, Sircali Mausoleum Museum, Koyunoglu Museum, Aksehir Archeological Museum, Aksehir Ataturk Museum.
December: Mevlana Commemorative Ceremony
Hunting, bicycle tours.
Tayga, mercimekli ogmac, arapasi, meals cooked in an oven made in a hole in the earth called tandir, okra, milk, tutmac, homemade macaroni soup, bread cooked with meat, iki bicak arasi ciger, cullama.
Carpets and rugs woven in the districts and villages of Konya, souvenirs related to Mevlana and Konya.
Visit the Mevlana Museum and the other museums
Visit Catalhoyuk and Kilistra
Visit the mosques, palaces and inns
Buy the felts, carpets and rugs woven in the villages of Konya.
KTO-TUYAP KONYA INTERNATIONAL FAIR CENTER
It is the fourth largest fair center of Turkey.
An indoor fairground of 26,000m2 and an outdoor fairground of 20,000m2 on an area of 850,000m2
Two large fair halls of a total maximum area of 8,100m2 and a service section of 8,000m2 on a covered area of 26,000m2.
The first halls in Turkey with a height of 10 m in a covered area of 90 x 90
A parking lot with a capacity of 500 vehicles for the use of the participants/exhibitors
It has all sorts of technical infrastructure (pneumatic system, water and waste water system, an electricity power of 1,200KW)
Regular coach services from different places to the fairground (In front of the Konya Alaaddin National Fairground, in front of the Konya Chamber of Commerce)
Secretarial services in English, Turkish, German and Arabic
An open parking lot with a capacity of 3,500 vehicles
A parking lot with a capacity of 50 juggernaut lorries
Hilton restaurant for different tastes
VIP and management rooms
Worldwide telephone, fax and internet communication
Special security and control system
First aid services