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Konya (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈkon.ja]; Greek: Ἰκόνιον Ikónion, Latin: Iconium) is a major city in south-western edge of the Central Anatolian Plateau and is the seventh-most-populous city in Turkey with a metropolitan population of over 2.1 million. Konya is an economically and industrially developed city and the capital of Konya Province.

After its conquest by Turkish tribes, Konya became the capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum (Anatolia) (1077–1308) and the Karamanids (13th century–1487).

Konya is the center of the largest province, the largest plain (Konya Plain) and is among the largest cities in the country. It is the seventh most populated city in Turkey.

Konya City is in the southern part of the[ Central Anatolia Region]]. The land is broad and flat with a lot of lowlands and plateaus. The plateaus are covered with rich steppes, therefore, affecting the agriculture sector. Additionally, the southernmost part of Konya is largely surrounded by the Taurus Mountains.

Lake Tuz, known in Turkish as Tuz Golu, is the second-largest lake in all of Turkey. This lake supplies Turkey with a large amount of Turkey's salt demand.

Beysehir Lake is on the western part of Konya and is near the border. It is known to be the largest fresh water lake in Turkey and one of the most important national parks. Beysehir Lake is important for tourism in Konya and attracts thousands of people each year to its 2 beaches and 22 islands for water and mountain sports.

Meke Lake is on the border of the Karapinar province and is considered to be a heavily protected natural area.

Lake Aksehir is on the border of the Afyon Karahisar province and it is famous from "Nasreddin Hodja" stories. The lake also provides a good habitat for famous "Aksehir cherries".

Konya has a cold semi-arid climate (BSk) under the Köppen classification and a hot summer continental (Dca) or hot summer oceanic (Doa) climate under the Trewartha classification.

Summers temperatures average 30 °C (86 °F). The highest temperature recorded in Konya was 40.6 °C (105 °F) on 30 July 2000. Winters average −4.2 °C (24 °F). The lowest temperature recorded was −26.5 °C (−16 °F) on 6 February 1972. Due to Konya's high altitude and its dry summers, nightly temperatures in the summer months are cool. Precipitation levels are low, but precipitation can be observed throughout the year.


The bus station has connections to a range of destinations, including Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir.

Konya has a tramway network in the city center, on which the Škoda 28 T trams are being used.

Konya is connected to Ankara, Eskişehir and Istanbul via the high-speed railway services of the Turkish State Railways.

Konya Airport is a public airport and military airbase that is also used by NATO. In 2006, Konya Airport served 2,924 aircraft and 262,561 passengers.

Main Sights

    Mevlana Museum, formerly the tekke of Mevlana
    Sille. 8 kilometres (5.0 miles) northwest from Mevlana Museum. Antique village. mosques, churches, cave churches and catakombs on the historic Kings Road - Silky Road - Pilgrims Road to Jerusalem. Sillehan, a must see in Konya.
    Alâeddin Mosque
    Ince Minaret Medrese—Museum
    Karatay Medrese—Museum
    Aziziye Mosque
    Konya Ethnography Museum
    Konya Archaeological Museum
    Atatürk's House Museum
    İzzet Koyunoğlu City Museum
    St. Paul's Catholic Church—at Alaeddin Hill
    Seljuk Tower, the tallest building in Konya

Featured Turkey Hotels and Turkey Beach Resorts in Konya

Balikcilar Hotel Konya
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $50
Location in Turkey : Cumhuriyet Bulvari 210 Tr-35200 Alsancak Konya Turkey

Dundar Hotel Konya
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 3 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $42
Location in Turkey : Vasif Cinar Bul.No 2 Alsancak 35210 Konya Turkey

Ozkaymak Hotel Konya
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 5 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $43
Location in Turkey : Sair Esref Blv 1371 Sok No 7 Konya Turkey

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