15 Facts About Konya


Konya is a large, industrially developed city in central Turkey, on the south-western edge of the Central Anatolian Plateau.

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Konya is served by TCDD high-speed train services from Istanbul and Ankara.

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Konya region has been inhabited since the third millennium BC and fell at different times under the rule of the Hittites, the Phrygians, the Classical Greeks, the Persians and the Romans.

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Konya reached the height of its wealth and influence in the second half of the 12th century when the Seljuk sultans of Rum subdued the Anatolian beyliks to their east, especially that of the Danishmends, thus establishing their rule over virtually all of eastern Anatolia,.

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In 1420, the Beylik of Karamanoglu fell to the Ottoman Empire and, in 1453, Konya was made the provincial capital of the Karaman Eyalet.

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Under Ottoman rule, Konya was administered by the Sultan's sons, starting with Sehzade Mustafa and Sehzade Cem (the sons of Sultan Mehmed II), and continuing with the future Sultan Selim II.

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Between 1483 and 1864, Konya was the administrative capital of the Karaman Eyalet.

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Konya sits in the center of the largest province, in the largest plain, and is the seventh most heavily populated city in Turkey.

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Konya has a cold semi-arid climate under the Koppen classification and a temperate continental (Dc) climate under the Trewartha classification.

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Konya has a reputation for being one of the more religiously conservative metropolitan centres in Turkey.

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Konya was the final home of Rumi, whose turquoise-domed tomb in the city is its primary tourist attraction.

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Konya is known for unfeasibly long pides intended to be shared.

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Konya is known for its sweets, including cezerye, an old Turkish sweet made from carrots, and pismaniye which is similar to American cotton candy.

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

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Konya Airport is a public airport but a military airbase used by NATO.

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