Konya is one of the first inhabited cities in the history of mankind, and still contains traces of many ancient civilisations which gives it the atmosphere of a museum city. Because of its locations in the middle of the barren Anatolian steppe, it used to be one of the most important trading centres on the Silk Road. The fertile land around the city means Konya is also the heart of Turkeys grain industry, with farming a major industry. Steeped in tradition, it is one of the most conservative and religious places in the country, and best known as the adopted home of Celaleddin Rumi, the Sufic mystic who founded the Whirling Dervish sect. Today it is still a centre of Sufic practice and teaching, and one of the highlights for visitors is the Mevlana Museum, the former lodge of the dervishes
Don't Leave Without
- Learning about the Dervishes in the Mevlana Museum,
- Visiting the ancient sites of Catalhoyuk and Kilistra,
- Admiring the ornate architecture of the Mosques, Palaces, and Hans,
- Entering a wedding dinner,
- Buying carpets, and pileless carpets from the villages of Konya.
- Watching the Mevlevi ceremony between 10-17 December every year.