Konya, which is the most important address of religious and cultural tours organized in Turkey with its cultural richness, is also one of the oldest cities of our country with its settlements that started in prehistoric times. In addition to important excavation sites such as Çatalhöyük, which attracts the attention of archaeologists from all over the world, Konya, which has been the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk State for a long time, is also frequently visited for its impressive architectural masterpieces built in the 13th century Seljuk period.
Home to dozens of civilizations from the Hittites to the Ottomans, every corner of the city is full of priceless historical artifacts of thousands of years. Konya; The Mevlana Museum, which is the most visited museum in our country after the Topkapi Palace Museum, with its dozens of treasures such as the Mevlana Tomb and Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb, one of the most beautiful mosques of Anatolia, and the Sultan Selim Mosque, where hundreds of thousands of people go to pray every year. famous. In addition to the lovely pink flamingos of Salt Lake, you can also explore the natural beauties such as Storks Valley, Beyşehir Lake, Akşehir Lake and Meke Lake in the city, which is the only desert of Turkey.
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Mevlana Museum and Tomb, one of the constant addresses of faith and culture tours organized in Konya, is one of the oldest museums in Turkey, opened in 1926 in the building complex that also includes the historical Mevlana convent. One of the most visited museums in our country, the Mevlana Museum also hosts the tomb of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. In addition to the Mevlana Tomb in the rose garden, which was gifted to Mevlana’s father by Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I, there are Hürrem Pasha Tomb, Sinan Pasha Tomb, Fatma Hatun Tomb and Hasan Pasha Tomb in the area.
The museum, which attracts a lot of attention with its impressive architecture from the Anatolian Seljuk period and its rich collections, includes thousands of works about Mevlana and Mevlevi, as well as hundreds of objects such as more than 2500 manuscripts, oil lamps, antique musical instruments from the Anatolian Seljuk, Karamanids and Ottoman periods. is on display. We recommend that you see Mevlana’s sarcophagus, which was built in 1276, as a fascinating handicraft masterpiece during your tour of the museum. You can visit the Mevlana Museum and Tomb every day of the week between 09:00 and 17:30 free of charge to examine the sarcophagus decorated with geometric patterns, floral motifs, Mesnevi principalities and the unique collections of the museum.
Alaaddin Hill, the historical heart of Konya and the first place visited by tourists both to examine the centuries-old structures and to watch the city from a bird’s eye view, is located in the Selcuklu district in a dominant position to the region. In the excavations made on the hill, which has been used as a settlement since prehistoric times, BC. Many important historical artifacts dating back to 3000 BC and the Early Bronze Age were found.
Alaaddin Mosque, one of the most impressive mosques in Konya, the Sultans Tomb with the tombs of 8 Anatolian Seljuk sultans, the historical Alaaddin Fountain and Alaaddin Hill, where you can visit impressive cupolas, is also mentioned as the place where the tomb of the famous Greek philosopher Plato is located in the 13th century historical sources. . You can spend a nice day on the hill, where you can easily reach the center of Konya by a short walk or by public transport, accompanied by historical treasures and fascinating Konya views.
Attracting cultural and archeology curiosities from all over the world, Çatalhöyük is located within the borders of Çumra district, only 45 kilometers from Konya. Discovered in 1958 and thought to have been built 9000 years ago, the Çatalhöyük site was used as a settlement during the Neolithic and Copper Age. As one of the most important historical treasures of Central Anatolia, Çatalhüyük, where tours are organized every year and visited by thousands of people, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012.
While visiting Çatalhöyük Neolithic City, where excavations have been carried out for decades and where hundreds of priceless artifacts are found, you can examine thousands of years old bowls, pottery and items used in daily life; You can spend an unforgettable day among the impressive stone rooms and rock tombs.
Located between Konya, Ankara and Aksaray and meeting almost 40% of Turkey’s salt needs, Salt Lake is one of the most visited natural beauties in Konya with its hundreds of bird species and fascinating landscapes. You can take unique photos by exploring Salt Lake, which is famous for its white and pink flamingos, with nature trips and photo safaris organized every season of the year.
Salt Lake and its surrounding reeds attract bird watchers and campers from all over the world along the way, due to the impressive sights of nearly 40 endemic plant species, hundreds of waterfowl and migratory birds. You can visit the lake, which lies in the middle of the steppe, with its well-arranged hiking trails, around the reeds and swamps, you can see the Salt Lake, which is protected as a 1st degree natural protected area, both by yourself or by taking tours with a guide, and you can watch the lovely flamingos.
Beyşehir Lake, located approximately 90 kilometers from Konya and one of the most beautiful places where you can get away from the noise of the city and spend time in nature, is among the first places you should stop by in Konya trips. The enchanting lake, which is also home to Beyşehir Lake National Park, one of Turkey’s largest national parks, attracts photographers from all over the world with its views reflecting every shade of green and blue in every season of the year.
Beyşehir Lake, Turkey’s 3rd largest lake and largest freshwater lake; It has many beauties to be discovered with its rich bird diversity, endemic plant species and large and small islands. You can go on nature walks and bike trips in the fresh air around the lake, where angling and fishing tours are organized due to its rich variety of fish; you can take the most beautiful photos of Beyşehir Lake at sunsets and when it snows in winter.