Konya , which was the capital of the Seljuk Empire, is a dynamic and alive city in terms of industry, agriculture and trade though out the four seasons . Konya, a mystical city in Anatolia with its international standards shopping centers, plazas and business centers, as well as the nostalgic tram, majestic mosques and historical texture.
For all the travelers arriving in the city, regardless of the purposes of their visitings, it is impossible to escape reminders of the past and drawn into the magical effect of the Hz. Mevlâna, who was the the epitome of the philosophy of tolerance, on the city.
Arriving at the Dedeman Konya could not be easier. Dedeman Konya is just a 15-minute drive from the airport and located opposite a large shopping center.
Located in a converted basilica, the building was used as the “Mosque of the Throne” for the Seljuk Sultans of Rum and contains the dynastic mausoleum. Constructed in stages between the mid-12th and mid-13th centuries, the mosque is also the burial site for numerous sultans and is the prime attraction of Konya today.
This museum is the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, the world-famous Sufi mystic also known as Mevlana or Rumi. It was also a whirling dervish lodge. Today it is a museum devoted to Sufic mysticism as well as containing numerous Islamic artefacts, including the beard of the holy Prophet Muhammad.
Used as madrasa in the Seljuk and Ottoman periods, this unique building is also built above a Byzantine catacomb. Designed by the architect Muhammad of Tus, the two-story structure is built around a pleasant central courtyard, which contains a garden that is perfect for a break from sightseeing spent enjoying a steaming glass of tea.
Formerly a religious school, or Madrassa, built in 1251 by the Emir of the city, Celaleddin Karatay, serving the Seljuk sultan, this structure has been a museum since 1955. The location now serves as a showcase of Seljuk tiles, along with numerous other artefacts in stone and wood. The collection also includes finds collected in the 1970s from the former Kubadabad Palace.
This 13th century Madrassa was converted to a museum in 1956 to house works of art in stone and wood dating from the Seljuk Period. Originally constructed by the vizier Sahip Ata Fahrettin Ali during the reign of Seljuk Sultan Izettin Keykavus II, students came here to learn the teachings of Islam, as well as philosophy and Sufic mysticism.