General Information

The Turkish city of Konya (Iconium, Iconium) is located about 200 km south of Ankara, at about 1200 m above sea level, within the largest province of Turkey with the same name.

Konya is today a major industrial site in Turkey and the region is also known as the "granary" of the country.

Culture and History

The symbol of the city is the Mausoleum of Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi, the founder of the Mevlevi Order, which now serves as a museum. The city also serves as the birthplace of the “whirling dervishes”, an iconic symbol of Turkish sufi tradition.

There are significant monuments in Konya from the time of the Seljuk Turks. The city served as an important religious center during the Ottoman times, and to this day is still a pilgrimage site for many believers. Some described a pilgrimage to Konya even as a "minor pilgrimage", in contrast to the true pilgrimage to Mecca.

Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman sultans for many decades, is like a journey into the past. Holding many relics and treasures from the Ottoman period within its halls, it also gives visitors the chance to take a glimpse at the life of the ruling elite within its Harem section. With a magnificent view of the Golden Horn, Galata, Uskudar and Kadikoy from its many gardens and terraces, the palace reminds of the power of the Ottoman Empire. The Palace also holds the relics of the Prophet Mohammed and other items from Islamic history.