Turkey City: Konya

The center of Sufi mystical practices and one of the most important pilgrimage centers, the city Konya (Konya) lies on the very border of ancient plateau surrounded by fertile lands. This is one of the oldest cities of Malaya Asia – according to the estimated estimates to him at least four thousand years (with Hetthas and Frigians, he wore the name of Kuwoon), and located 50 km south of the center of the city of Salat-Gueuk (7500-6200. to N. NS.) is among the most famous Neolithic centers of the planet. He is repeatedly mentioned in the Bible and is even considered the birthplace of Holy Parasis-Friday, served as the capital of several kingdoms and was a major trading center of Middle Ages. However, in our days, this rather inconspicuous city has a reputation as one of the most religious and conservative in the country, the Citadel of Islamic Fundamentalists and the Important Theological Center of Turkey. Jalaladdin Rumi died and died here, more famous for Mevlyan, – an outstanding poet, a support and founder of the Order of the Dervysh Mevlev. It is believed that his work had a huge impact on Islamic theological thought and a considerable extent determined the appearance of modern culture of Turkey.


Main landmark of the city – Museum of Mevliana (Open from May to October – from Thursday to Sunday, with 9.00 to 18.00, on Mondays – from 10.00 to 18.00; From November to April – from Thursday to Sunday, with 9.00 to 17.thirty; Login – 4 TRY) with complex Mausoleum Rumi, "Text" (his house and the first residence of the Order), beautiful Shemkhan (Round Hall for the Performance of Ritual Dance), many exposures and library (XV-XVI centuries.), containing more than five thousand works on the history and teaching of the Order. The office of the museum and the various objects of the tourist infrastructure are located, festivals of the derverish with a mandatory ritual dance are held "sem". Despite the fact that for visiting the mausoleum, all the usual Islamic standards of etiquette will be observed (the shoes are left at the entrance, hands, legs and hair should be covered), to the injectants here are with great respect, which completely reflects the views of the Rumi himself who preaching religious tolerance.

  • Museum of Mevliana
  • In the courtyard of Mevlyany
  • Mosque in the Mill Museum
  • Mausoleum Mevlyany

As Konya is a spiritual center "Riser dervish", Every year (December 10-17), a colorful debris festival is held here, where you can see the brightest traditional rituals, each movement and sound in which they have their own. The best shame for the ceremony is the restored Shemachan on Istanbul Galata Mevlevihane, and the troupe protruding here is only from the members of the dervish order. Unfortunately, the festival falls on the season with a fairly bad weather (air temperature is about 0 ° C and strong winds), and rates for accommodation in hotels in this period is difficult to call democratic, but the festival itself deserves forces and means. You can also visit "Indicative speeches" Dance troupes usually passing in July and August in the cultural hall near the Mevlana complex (the entrance ticket costs about 15 euros).

    Cities of Turkey Konya
  • Dance Dervysh in Mevlyan
  • Madrasa Karaty, Konya
  • Alaceddin Kamya Mosque, Konya
  • Archaeological Museum Konya

On the territory of modern kondi it is also a section of the Acropolis Icona (Antique name of the city), excavations of the hatt, Frigian, Roman and Greek quarters (most of the exhibits found here are now in the Ankara Museum), the ruins of the Seljuksky Palace, an impressive mosque Alaceddin Kamai (1130-1221.), beautiful madrasa Karaty (1251 g., Now there is a museum of ceramics) with a famous star dome (stylized image of the heavenly arch, made of gold, blue and black tiles), beautiful Yunce Minar-Medressey ("Academy of Slender Minaret", Open from Thursday to Sunday from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 13.30 to 17.30, entrance – 2 TRY) on the western side of Alaceddin Park, Madrasa Raw (XII B., Now there are government agencies here), mosque Jelly (Rychlidge-Kamya, 1202 g. – The oldest in the city) and famous for its unusual minarets in the Indian style of the mosque Azizium Near the bazaar, mosque Shems Tabrizi With the mausoleum of this revered saint, mosque Shernefethitin (Mevlyan, 1636 g.) And mosque Haji Hasan (XV-XVI centuries.), as well as good Archaeological Museum (open from Thursday to Sunday with 9.00 to 12.00 and from 13.30 to 17.30, Login – 2 Try), Private Assembly of the Museum Koyunoglu (open from Monday to Saturday from 8.00 to 17.30, entrance – 2 TRY) with a rich ethnographic collection.

Around the city

There are quite a few interesting places around the bushes, however, it is necessary to visit the excavations of the settlement Chatal-Guyuk (7500-6200. to N. NS., One of the oldest human settlements in Anatolia).

  • Site excavations Chatal-Gueuk
  • Drawings in Chatal Goyuk

Interesting church Kilistra (III-VIII centuries., Located 42 km south-west of Konya – according to the legend it was here that the Apostle Paul preached here. For visiting, destroyed Byzantine Churches and Monasteries of the XI century of the Binbier Kilis region (literally translated – "Thousand and one church", 107 km southeast of Konya), Isolated Ancient Plot Ivriz and more affordable Syll (8 km north-west of Konya).

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Festival SEB-I-ARU in Konie

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Konya – the first Turkish capital

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