Mevlana Museum/Mausoleum of Rumi (Mevlana MÃ¼zesi), (Once downtown around Mevlana Cad., just follow the signs toward Mevlana Muzesi). This must see tourist destination of Konya, is the tomb of the famous mystic/sufi/thinker Rumi (known shortly as Mevlana in Turkish, or with the full name Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi in English literature), as well as the neighbouring museum that displays relics of his life and his time. The items on display in the museum range from old manuscripts, hand written copies of the Koran, Some Rumi’s belonging and also musical instruments used at his time, as well as numerous art works dating from the Seljuk era. Don’t bother taking the audioguide as it’s very boring.
Also interesting for the curious traveller, esp. for those looking for interesting photographic opportunities or a short walk through an authentic neighborhood, is the parts of the city that surrounds the Mevlana Museum. Since this neighborhood hasn’t quite kept up with recent times, it still maintains an authentic feel from older days with narrow streets and houses of old architecture, almost with historic significance.
Located 5-6 city blocks away from the museum, one can also find other historic buildings and mosques dating from the 12th and 13th century Seljuks Turks (the most significant one of these if the “Ä°plikÃ§i Camii”).
IplikÃ§i Mosque (Ä°plikÃ§i Camii). This old mosque dating from the 13th century was restored about 50 years ago and is still open for prayer service. It is a nice example of the Seljuk architecture to be seen in Konya, conveniently located b/w the city centre and the Mevlana Museum. Free.
Ince Minare Museum (Ä°nce Minare, literally ‘thin minaret’), Alaaddin MeydanÄ±, Ä°nce Minare is the remains of a 13th century madrasah (school) built by the Anatolian Seljuks. Located close to the city centre near the northern end of “Alaaddin Tepesi”, this minaret and the surrounding small buildings today serve as a museum that displays various artefacts from the Seljuk and Ottoman eras. It is a popular tourist attraction, owing mostly to the noteworthy ornamental architecture which has been very well preserved over the centuries.
Alaaddin Hill (Alaaddin Tepesi). This is an artificial hill that was built by the Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat. Today it stands right in the middle of the city, and serves mostly as a park. Even though the small hill or the park on it may not be very interesting in themselves, the two places to stop by and see are 1) the Alaaddin Mosque, and 2)the remmants of an old palace with partly earthen construction located on the north end of the hill – this old structure is protected from the elements with a concrete umbrella.
Meram. This is the district of Konya which lies somewhat away from the city centre, with lighter construction and more greenery. The name “Meram” also refers to the popular picnic area located in the farther corner of the Meram district. Near this picnic area there are a few historic buildings to see, some of which are the “Tavus Baba TÃ¼rbesi” and the “AteÅŸbazÄ± TÃ¼rbesi”.
Seljuk Palace remains, (on the Alaaddin Tepesi Hill). Just one piece of the Seljuk Alaadin palace. Built by Seljuk Sultan Kilicarslan II, restored by Seljuk sultan Alaadin Kekubad. In restauration-process (September 2012).
Japon Parki, Su Deposu Tramvay Station. A friendship park built in a joint cooperation between the municipalities of Kyoto, Japan, and Konya. Though the style *leans* towards Japanese, it’s really more of a pan-Asian design. It covers several acres, comes complete with pagodas, ponds, small waterfalls, etc. It’s a favourite for wedding day pictures. There’s a great restaurant there (which supposedly funds the upkeep of the park) selling, of all things, everything from chicken and beef fajitas to traditional Turkish food.