Konya Image gallery
Ince Minare Museum, Konya
Turkey's equivalent of the 'Bible Belt', Konya treads a delicate path between its historical significance as the home town of the whirling dervish orders and a bastion of Seljuk culture, and its modern importance as an economic boom town. The city derives considerable charm from this juxtaposition of old and new. Ancient mosques and the maze-like market district rub up against contemporary Konya around Alaaddin Tepesi, where hip-looking university students talk religion and politics in the tea gardens. If you are passing through this region, say from the coast to Cappadocia, bear in mind that the Mevlâna Museum is one of Turkey's finest and most characteristic sights.
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