Konya, Turkey- Top Ten things to see & do

Konya, situated in the heart of Turkey’s Anatolian region, is a city steeped in history, spirituality, and cultural richness. Here are the top 10 things to see and do when visiting Konya

1. Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum

Mevlana Museum (Mevlana Müzesi): Pay homage to the 13th-century Sufi mystic Rumi at the Mevlana Museum, which houses his mausoleum. Explore exhibits displaying Rumi’s manuscripts, artifacts, and learn about the Whirling Dervishes, followers of his teachings.


2. Attend a Whirling Dervish Ceremony

Mevlevi Sema Ceremony: Experience the spiritual Sufi ritual of the Whirling Dervishes. Witness the mesmerizing dance and music performances that symbolize divine love and spiritual ascension.


3. Alaeddin Mosque and Konya Citadel

Alaeddin Mosque: Visit this historical mosque dating back to the 12th century. Its stunning Seljuk architecture and serene ambiance make it a must-see.

Konya Citadel (Hisar): Explore the remains of the ancient citadel walls, offering a glimpse into Konya’s medieval past and providing picturesque views of the city.


4. Karatay Madrasa and Ince Minaret Medrese

Karatay Madrasa: Admire the intricate Seljuk tilework and mosaics at this former Islamic school, now functioning as the Tile Museum, showcasing beautiful examples of Turkish ceramics.

Ince Minaret Medrese: Explore this 13th-century medrese known for its graceful architecture and the unique ‘thin minaret’ (Ince Minare) adorned with beautiful turquoise tiles.


5. Konya Archaeological Museum

Konya Archaeological Museum: Discover artifacts dating back to the Neolithic period, including Hittite, Phrygian, and Roman artifacts, providing insights into Anatolian history.


6. Alaaddin Hill Park

Alaaddin Hill Park: Take a relaxing stroll through this park located atop Alaaddin Hill. Enjoy panoramic views of Konya and unwind in a peaceful setting.


7. Sille Village

Sille Village: Venture to this charming village near Konya known for its historical churches, rock-carved houses, and tranquil ambiance. Explore the ancient remnants and immerse yourself in local culture.


8. Seljuk Palace Ruins

Seljuk Palace Ruins: Visit the remnants of the Seljuk Palace, an archaeological site revealing the grandeur of the Seljuk Empire’s architecture and history.


9. Taste Konya’s Culinary Delights

Local Cuisine: Indulge in Konya’s culinary specialties such as Etli Ekmek (Turkish meat pizza), Konya Kebab, and various traditional Turkish sweets like Baklava and Mevlana Çöreği.


10. Shopping at Konya’s Bazaars

Bazaars and Markets: Explore Konya’s bustling markets and bazaars, including the historic Alaaddin Bazaar and the Koyuncu Market, offering a variety of local goods, textiles, spices, and handicrafts.


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