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DAILY KONYA CITY TOUR

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From Euro:  80.00       Duration:  10 hours

DAILY KONYA CITY TOUR SUMMARY:


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DAILY KONYA CITY TOUR ITINERARY:

We start for our daily tour first visiting to Mevlana Museum. We learn some stories and information about Mevlana and later going to see Selimiye mosque to see the architecture and to get the information about the mosque. We will have our lunch in a authentic restaurant and the lunch also including in our tour programme. After lunch we visit to Alaaddin mosque and castle one of the most important structures of Konya and was built by Sultan Alaadin in 1221. After here we visit to Ince Minare Museum and Karatay Medresseh. We take some pictures and get some information by official guide of Murtiís Tour. After here we visit to the Sahip Ata Mosque and Medresseh where is one of the biggest complex of the area and now under restoration.

Mevlana Museum: The Mevlana museum, located in Konya, Turkey, is the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Sufi mystic also known as Mevlana or Rumi. It was also the dervish lodge (tekke) of the Mevlevi order, better known as the whirling dervishes. Sultan Ala al-Din Kayqubad, the Seljuk sultan who had invited Mevlana to Konya, offered his rose garden as a fitting place to bury Baha ud-Din Walad (also written as Bahaeddin Veled), the father of Mevlana, when he died on 12 January 1231. When Mevlana died in 17 December 1273 he was buried next to his father. Mevlanas successor Husamettin «elebi decided to build a mausoleum (Kubbe-i-Hadra) over his grave of his master. The Seljuk construction, under architect Behrettin Tebrizli, was finished in 1274. Gurcu Hatun, the wife of the Seljuk Emir Suleyman Pervane, and Emir Alameddin Kayser funded the construction. The cylindrical drum of the dome originally rested on four pillars. The conical dome is covered with turquoise faience. However several sections were added until 1854. Selimoglu Abdulvahit decorated the interior and performed the woodcarving of the catafalques. The decree of 6 April 1926 confirmed that the mausoleum and the dervish lodge (Dergah) were to be turned into a museum. The museum opened on 2 March 1927. In 1954 it was renamed as Mevlana museum.

Selimiye Mosque: Konyas Selimiye Camii (mosque), right next to the Mevlana Museum, is an example of the Ottoman style of mosque from the great period of Ottoman architecture. Its founder was Sultan Selim II (the Sot, 1566-74), who endowed the mosque while he was still an Ottoman prince and governor of the province of Konya. It was finished after he became sultan. If youve visited Istanbul, you will notice the similarity to other Ottoman mosques, although this one is smaller and not as finely proportioned. A curiosity is the spire on the mimber (the wooden pulpit): its shaped like the cylindrical green tiled dome over the tomb of Mevlana Jelaleddin RumÓ, as shown in the photo to the right. In the historic photo in the right-hand column, men sit beside the Selimiye Mosque beneath a sign that reads: It is forbidden to sit beside the mosque.

Alaaddin Mosque: The Alaeddin Mosque (also spelled Alaettin) is the largest and oldest mosque in Konya, constructed by the Seljuk Sultan of Rum in 1221. It lies on Alaettin Hill, the site of Konyas original acropolis. The Alaeddin Mosque has some interesting architectural features, such as columns of different sizes and decorations incorporated from different periods. The interior includes a tomb chamber with the sarcophagi of a dozen Seljuk sultans.

Alaaddin Castle: The shopping-mall arcade chain that became Aladdinís Castle began as American Amusements, Incorporated, in the early 1970s. It was purchased and renamed Aladdinís Castle by Bally Manufacturing Corporation in 1974. Over the next several years, the number of store locations grew from 20 in 1974, to 221 in 1980, to 360 when the chain was spun off in 1989.

Ince Minare Museum: The Ince Minare Medrese (Seminary of the Slender Minaret) is among Konyas finest and most impressive Seljuk Turkish architectural masterpieces. Located on the west side of the Alaettin Tepesi hill near the Great Karatay Medresesi, the Ince Minare is one of Konyas must-see buildings. Though built (1267) as a Muslim theological seminary, it has been restored and is now Konyas Museum of Wooden Artifacts and Stone Carving. The exhibits inside are significant, but it is the building itself that you come to see. Its grand portal, heavily and completely carved with Seljuk decoration and Kuranic inscriptions, is among the finest of all Seljuk grand portals. Exhibits within the museum include elaborately carved wooden mosque doors and decorative panels, marble panels carved with typical Seljuk designs of birds, lions, angels and double-headed eagles and even a few elephants. Keep in mind the buildings original purpose: the main hall, with its restful, refreshing pool of water, was the center of seminary life. The large eyvans (alcoves) were used for classes, the smaller rooms as living quarters.

Karatay Medresseh: The Buyuk Karatay Medresesi, on the north side of Alaettin Hill near the Ince Minare Medrese and just down the hill from the Alaettin Mosque, has Konyas finest Seljuk Turkish tilework in it. Your Travelshop Turkey guide will show you to the dome of the medrese is spectacular in its dark and light blue Seljuk tiles. The squinches supporting the dome are just as elaborate, and significant amounts of the tilework in the eyvans (alcoves) and the main hall have survived. The water pool at the center of the main hall has a curlicue drain to generate a musical ripple to soothe those at study in the seminary. This elegant seminary was endowed by Emir Jelaleddin Karatay, one of the Seljuk Turkish empires greatest generals, statesmen and grand vezirs.

Sahip Ata Mosque and Medresseh: The Seljuk vezir Sahip-i Ata Fahrettin Ali was one of the Seljuk Turkish Empires great builders. Besides Konyas sublime Ince Minare Medresesi, he endowed this kulliye (mosque complex) south of Konyas Alaettin Tepesi, and had it built between 1259 and 1283, just when the Mongol invasions and overlordship was bringing an end to the golden age of the Seljuk architecture. The formal entrance to the complex is a fine Seljuk tac kapi, or monumental gateway, an asymmetrical but harmonious structure with its own grand and unusual minaret. The gate was beatifully restored in 2006-07. The center of the complex was of course its mosque, only part of which has survived the centuries. What has survived is much smaller and quite simple, except for the mihrab (prayer niche) with its mosaic tiles in geometric designs. Behind the mosque, the fine medrese (theological school), has been beautifully restored (2006-07) as a Museum of Seljuk Arts(Sahip Ata Vakiflar Eserleri Muzesi). Its classic Seljuk cruciform configuration has four eyvans (three-walled rooms) for classes, a central pool for the sound of water, and exquisite dark-and-sky-blue Seljuk tilework. Off to one side of the main medrese structure is a turbe (tomb) chamber containing cenotaphs of Sahip-i Ata himself, his daughter, sons and grandsons. (The actual tombs are beneath, underground.) Long, graceful Kuranic inscriptions high on the walls and arches are fine reminders of the artistic excellence of Seljuk tilemakers and architects. The complex also had a tekke, or dervish hall, and a hamam, currently under restoration. Just west of the Sahip-i Ata Kulliyesi is Konyas worthwhile Archeological Museum, with artifacts from the Neolithic excavations at Catal Hoyuk.



DAILY KONYA CITY TOUR INCLUDES:
  • Pick up transfer from your hotel in Konya at approx. 9:00am
  • Guided Konya City Tour
  • Lunch
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Return transfer to your hotel at approx. 7:00pm




DAILY KONYA CITY TOUR PRICES IN EURO:

from 2. March to 15. November

Prices Per Person
  Minimum 2 people
€  110.00
  3-4 people
€  90.00
  5-6 people
€  80.00


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