Konya Things to Do

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    Koyunoğlu Museum

    by traveloturc Written Dec 26, 2012

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    Izzet Koyunluoglu, a member of an old Konya family, established a museum in his house which holds his own private collection. The vast array of exhibits includes historical works of art, books that he had collected over many years, illuminated manuscripts, kilims and carpets. The archaeological section containing coins, fossils, jewellery and Bronze Age relics.

    Museum Tel: (0332) 351 1857

    Closed Mondays.

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    ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

    by traveloturc Written Dec 26, 2012
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    This small collection has exhibits from Konya’s ancient history, including decorated Roman sarcophagi from Pamphylian, and Hittite artefacts from Catal Hoyuk (the oldest known inhabited settlement). There are also remains from Greek, Byzantine and early Bronze Ages.

    Museum Tel: (0332) 351 89 58/152

    Opening hours: 09.00 – 12.00 & 13.30 – 17.30, closed Mondays.

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    Sircali medrese

    by traveloturc Updated Dec 26, 2012

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    Sircali medrese was build in 1242 by Bedreddin Muhlis as a theological school.You will understand easily the similarity with the medreses of Samarkand witrh an open courtyard
    many hucre ( cell) around and dershane ( classes)
    The museum now houses valuable tombstones from Seljuks and Ottomans. The tilework of the exterior is striking, and calligraphy decorates the archway to the courtyard.

    Museum Tel: (0332 ) 350 4031

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    İnce Minare Museum

    by traveloturc Written Dec 26, 2012

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    İnce Minare Museum (Theological School): To the west of Alaeddin Tepesi is the Ince Minare Medrese, built by the Seljuk Vizier Sahip Ata Fahrettin Ali in 1254. Its main exhibits are carvings in wood and stone dating back to the Seljuks, and most carry motifs found in the tiles and ceramics, lions, humans, and the double-headed eagles which is mow a symbol of the town. The main doorway has stunning examples of ornate tiles and decorative calligraphy.

    Opening hours: 08.30 – 12.00 & 13.30 – 17.30, closed Mondays.

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    Alaaddin Mosque

    by traveloturc Updated Oct 19, 2011

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    This mosque is a little different than the others ,because it is constructed in a rectangular basis and the long side is consisting the main entrance.
    The reason is to have as many prayers as possible at the first row.In Islam to be shoulder to shoulder is important and rich people with poor, young people with old any kind of man and woman can pray together without any discrimination..there is no hierarchy at all..everybody who knows to pray can be the leader for the pray too...

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    Whirling derwishes

    by traveloturc Updated Oct 19, 2011

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    The rituals of the Rumi's followers (Whirling Dervishes) are among the enduring as well as the most exquisite ceremonies of spirituality. The ritual Whirling of the Dervishes is an act of love and a "drama of faith". It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans. The music that accompanies the whirling from beginning to end ranges from somber to rhapsodical; its effect is intended to be mesmerizing. Chanting of poetry, rhythmic rotation, and incessant music create a synthesis which, according to the faithful, induces a feeling of soaring, of ecstasy, of mystical flight.

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    Haci Veyiszade Mosque

    by June.b Updated Jul 14, 2011
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    Passing by the lagoon with many ducks and swans at huge cultural park, I ended up in I guess the biggest mosque and most recent one in the city. It is still under construction though almost complete.

    The contruction of the mosque, which holds one of the significant scholar’s name Hacý Veyiszada, was begun in 1988.

    Haci Veyiszade complex, located in the city centre, includes publication, guesthouse, mufti’s office, its capacity is about 10,000 people. The mosque has the highest minarets of the region with 2 minarets constructed with 3 balconies 78 metres in high.

    Although it doesn't hold long history like most mosques in the city, it still is worth seeing for its excellent architectural design.

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    Mousoleums and tombs

    by June.b Updated Jul 14, 2011
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    You entered the Mevlana Museum complex at the graveyard. Several tombs line up the entrance with those stone headresses on top of every epitaph of tombs.

    When you reach the courtyard, on the left side, eastern part of the courtyard are mausoleums belonging to 3 prominent figures -- Sinan Pasha, Fatma Hatun and Hasan Pasha, all facing the Samahane (Ritual Prayer Hall) and the small mosque section, just next and the main mausoleum that holds the graves of Mevlana and his family members.

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    The cells of the dervishes

    by June.b Updated Jul 14, 2011
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    When you enter the courtyard of the Mevlana Museum start checking out first the 17 small cells around the west and north sides, built in 1584 by Sultan Murat III to house the dervishes.

    Each of the cells have its own small dome and chimney, the first two of the 13 cells to the left of the gate used as Postnisin and Mesnevi-han cells are kept in their original form and presented to the public.

    The last two cells at the end are allocated to the very valuable book collections donated by Abdülbaki Golpinarli and Dr. Mehmed Onder, and they are used as a library.

    The partition walls of the remaining 9 cells were removed providing two interconnected large corridors. In one of these corridors old rugs of historical value from regions famous for their rugs are displayed while the other has old rugs from districts of Konya. Display windows built in the window and door sills of these cells display artefacts of Mevlevi ethnography which were transferred to the museum from the Lodge, and the extremely valuable Bursa fabrics from the museum collection.

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    Historical Neighborhood in Konya

    by June.b Updated Jul 14, 2011
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    Starting from the back of the Mevlana Museum, is a local neighborhood where you can see some old houses, some of them looks historical, some abandoned, others just really old stone/wooden houses. Nice clean streets, children playing, and local scenes.

    But be vary wary though as the city though metropolitan, it still is a relatively conservative place compared to other cities in Turkey. You are not supposed to take photographs of people randomly -- either they smile at you or frown, at worst, you'll get shouted at by the local kids.

    So be careful, best to ask permission first if you can take their pictures.

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    Exhibitions at the Mevlana Cultural Center

    by June.b Written Jul 14, 2011
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    A kilometer away from the Mevlana Museum is the Mevlana Cultural Center along the Aslanli Kisla Street. Every now and then, they're having an exhibition there.

    There was this exhibition selling various stuff on booths from several nations, mostly books, national costumes, and cultural things. I also saw a book signing, print art displays, and several other things. Many people visited the exhibition, mostly locals.

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    Mevlana Cultural Center

    by June.b Updated Jul 14, 2011
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    The Mevlana Cultural Center is a huge modern center walking ditance - about a kilometer - from the Mevlana Museum. Considered to be the grandest modern whirling dervish hall in the world.

    December each year, the Seb-i Aruz ceremony in honor of the death of the great poet and founder of the Mevlevi dervish order - Mevlana - is commemorated with whirling dervish ceremony in its huge hall. The conical shaped roof can be seen from a distance and that sight draw me to walk to this place. There was an exhibition going on during my visit. Multi-national booths surrounds the lower and upper level selling different stuff from different countries. A gallery of paintings, posters, books and news headlines are also on display on the lower level , plus some food court on the underground level.

    Outside the center is a huge circular open-air ampitheater.

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    Ucler Cemetery

    by June.b Written Jul 14, 2011
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    One of the most charming cemetery I have seen - do I really have to say that about a cemetery. But really the Ucler Cemetery (pronounced UCHLER, I think it means "Third"?) is a vast cemetery park starting from the Mevlana Museum upto the Mevlana Cultural Park. The Hilton Garden Inn hotel is beside this cemetery.

    It's like a garden park cemetery with lots of plants, trees, flowers and paved walkways, and some benches.

    It's not the creepy kind of cemetery...unless of course if you're walking alone...in the dark of the night maybe.

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    Monument of Martyrdom of the War of Independence

    by June.b Written Jul 14, 2011
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    Dedicated to the people and military who risked their lives gaining independence during the war, this new modern structure is located beside the huge beautiful Ucler Cemetery along the main highway.

    Youll pass by the tall seljuk-style octagonal dome leading to the main entrance - which is also deisgned in seljuk architecture - onto a shining marble flooring of the hall and the courtyard. In the hall there is a section of the walls where the names of martyrs is displayed, some mosaic and paintings of Ataturk and a Note from Atatürk to the Turkish youth.

    About 460 square meters of enclosed space is a museum that display the diorama of the war of independence and some interesting rural life.

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    The Diorama at the War of Independence Museum

    by June.b Written Jul 14, 2011
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    From Mevlana Museum I walked along this road on the way to the Mevlana Cultural Centre -- that conical or pyramidal roofed building from the distance. Along the way I saw I an armoury tank displayed right before several Turkish flagpoles (16 Turkish Flag and 16 different coloured provincial flag I think).

    Nice modern building that I discovered is called "Istiklal Harbi Sehitleri Abidesi" or something like The Martyrdom Monument of the War of Independence.

    There is a modern diorama museum of the 1915 Canakkale campaign and the battle of Independence.

    The diorama is displayed on all 4 corners or sides of the big room, so people queue in a circle to watch every little scene depicted in the neatly done diorama. Between each battle scene are depiction of typical Turkish rural life and villages. (see pics)

    You have to see this place as it's not far from the Mevlana Museum, then head on to the Mevlana Cultural Centre few steps from there --- that is, if you have time.

    near Haci Veis Camii

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