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Konya

Konya (Turkey)

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  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Museums
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
1 hour by plane, or 8 hours by road from Istanbul
When to go
From May to October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Konya

Timothée D. Travel writer
285 travel articles

In the center of Anatolia, balanced between tradition and modernity, Konya is an interesting town.

My suggestion:
Every year, around the middle of December, Konya is the site of the Mevlâna festival, which is dedicated to the whirling dervishes.
Summary:
The home of the Sufi order of the whirling dervishes, and the former Seljuk capital, Konya is not short of historic monuments if you want to visit this city of approximately 1 million inhabitants: impressive mosques, and a labyrinth of narrow streets around the market where you can see the region's traditional rugs.
A mosque in Konya
Rémi Manesse Travel writer
75 travel articles

Konya is an important center for the Sufis. And of course the order of the whirling dervishes was founded here. 

My suggestion:
Most visitors who come to Konya only visit the Mevlana museum. But the town has lots more to offer (old mosques and madrasahs, parks, gastronomy, etc.). So don't be afraid to spend a little time there.  
Summary:
Konya is an important spiritual center in Turkey and Rumi's mausoleum, which also houses the Mevlana museum, is a fabulous example of Seljuk architecture. Despite this, few foreign tourists visit the town. So it's the perfect destination for those who like going off the beaten path.
A madrasah in Konya
Mevlana museum with Ottoman architecture in the foreground
Charlotte Breton Travel writer
16 travel articles

Konya, a religious town that is the home of the whirling dervishes.

My suggestion:
You should visit Konya, especially for the surrounding countryside.
Summary:
Konya is the most religious and traditional town in Turkey. It is famous for the "Mevlevi" order who pray by turning round and round while dressed in a white robe. Its members, known as "whirling dervishes", are easily recognized in the town. Most of the sites to be visited are,not surprisingly, religious, and belong to this order. There is a museum and also some mosques. It seems like quite a wealthy town, there are mosques everywhere, each more beautiful than the last.
Mevlana mausoleum
A big mosque in Konya
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