Things to Know

Konya is a city in Central Anatolia in Turkey that has protected its name for centuries. Legend says that Perseus killed the dragon that had been ravaging the town, which also gave Konya its' name. The people set up a special monument to honor him, a stone obelisk with an icon of Perseus carved in it: Ikonyon, Ikonyum or Iconium. Some believe this event gave the city its name as well.

Archaeological excavations in the region of Konya date back to 7000 BC. The following people built settlements here; the Chalcolitic Period (Copper Age) civilizations, Bronze Age civilizations, the Hittites, the Phrygians, the Lydians, Persians, Romans and then Byzantines.

Konya is important to Christians because not only did St. Paul and St. Barnabas visit during one of their journeys in Asia Minor, but also when they preached here the Jews and Gentiles got so angry that they had to leave the city and moved on to Derbe and Lystra.

Konya was the capital of Seljuk Empire between 1071 and 1308. Alaeddin Keykubad I repaired the city wall in 1220 which endured occupations by Mongols, Ilhan's and others.In 1466, Konya joined the lands of Ottoman Empire.

Among many tourist sites in Konya, the one of utmost importance is Mevlana's Mausoleum. He was a mystic poet on the way of sufism and founded Whirling Dervish Order. Apart from that there is Karatay Medrese which was used as mosque at first but now it is museum to teach history about tiles; Alaaddin Keykubat Mosque from 12th century and Ince Minare (Thin Minaret) Mosque.

Places to Visit in Konya