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(Image | The Alaeddin Mosque at night ) (Image | The Alaeddin Mosque at night )

Konya is well known for its Seljuk architecture. It once served as the capital of the Sultunate of Rum and even served as home for Shaykh Jalal-ad-din Rumi. The most famous site in the city is the mausoleum of Jalal-ad-Din Rumi.

The mausoleum is located in the downtown area and there is a museum, the Mevlana Museum located adjacent to the mausoleum that has relics from the life of the philosopher on display. Travellers can enjoy a walk around the small neighbourhood in the vicinity of the mausoleum. About 5-6 blocks away from the mausoleum, there are several historic buildings and masaajid dating to the 12th and 13th century.

Iplikci Masjid is an old masjid built in the 13th century and is an excellent example of Seljuk architecture. The masjid is located between city centre and the Mevlana Museum. The Ince Minare Museum is located on the remains of a 13th century madarsa. The museum is situated at the northern end of the Alaaddin Tepesi (Alaaddin Hill). The minaret and the small buildings in the surroundings serve as a museum, and puts different artefacts from the Seljuk and Ottoman eras on display.

The Alaaddin Hill is an artificial hill built by the Seljuks and is located in the heart of the city. The area has a park and houses the Alaaddin Masjid and the Seljuk Palace remains. Meram is a tranquil district a few minutes away from the city centre. The area has a few historic buildings including Tavus Baba Türbesi and Atesbazi Turbesi.

The Kulesite shopping center is an excellent place to enjoy shopping. The Kipa Mall and the M1 Tepe Mall are also good for shopping. Trinkets related to Rumi are a must buy.

The local cuisine of Konya mainly depends on mutton and wheat or bread. Etliekmek, a type of long pizza is one of the best local delicacies and a must try. Konya has a wide range of restaurants for travellers to have Halal Food.

 

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    Konya is well known for its Seljuk architecture. It once served as the capital of the Sultunate of Rum and even served as home for Shaykh Jalal-ad-din Rumi. The most famous site in the city is the mausoleum of Jalal-ad-Din Rumi.

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Turkey Info

ADMINISTRATIVE/COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Ankara

GEOGRAPHY

Shares boarders with, southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia countries, Turkey owns a coast line of 7,200 km's and a land area of 770,760 km².

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 73.7 Million. Muslims account for about 99.8% of the population.

CLIMATE

Turkey's a huge country its climate varies widely from region to region and the season. July and september tends to be the peak tourist season. Central Anatolia where the Capital city Ankara is located experiances a steppe climate with hot, dry summers and cold winters.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Turkish is the official language. English is considered the main foreign language.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+2 hrs

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
New Year's Day: January 1st
National Sovereignty and Children's Day: April 23rd
Labour and solidarity Day: May 1st
Victory Day: August 30th
Republic Day: October 29th

Based on the lunar calandar:
Ramadhan

CURRENCY

Turkish Lira

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police: 155
Medical: 112
Fire: 110

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