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A hotel in Konya is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Konya hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Konya are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Konya hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Konya hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Konya have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Konya
An upscale full service hotel facility in Konya that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Konya hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Konya
Full service Konya hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Konya
Boutique hotels of Konya are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Konya boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Konya may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Konya
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Konya travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Konya focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Konya
Small to medium-sized Konya hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Konya traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Konya hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Konya
A bed and breakfast in Konya is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Konya bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Konya B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Konya
Konya hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Konya hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Konya
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Konya hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Konya lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Konya
Konya timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Konya often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Konya on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Konya
A Konya motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Konya for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Konya motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Mevlana Museum (1274) is the resting place of the Sufi mystic and poet Rumi in Konya, the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate.
Location of Konya, Turkey
Coordinates: / 37.867; 32.483 / 37.867; 32.483
Tahir Akyürek (AKP)
38,873 km (15,009 sq mi)
1,200 m (3,900 ft)
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Konya (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈkon.ja]; Greek: ἸκόνιονIkónion, Latin: Iconium) is a major city in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey. It is the seventh-most-populous city in Turkey. As of 2014, Konya has a population of 1,174,536. Konya is an economically and industrially developed city and the capital of Konya Province.
Konya was historically the capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum (Anatolia) and the Karamanids.
Konya, was known in classical antiquity and during the medieval period as Ἰκόνιον (Ikónion) in Greek (with regular Medieval Greek apheresis Kónio(n)) and as Iconium in Latin. This name is commonly explained as a derivation from εἰκών (icon), as an ancient Greek legend ascribed its name to the "eikon" (image), or the "gorgon's (Medusa's) head", with which Perseus vanquished the native population before founding the city. In some historic English texts, the city's name appears as Konia or Koniah.
Konya: Ancient history
Hercules Sarcophagus (ca. 250–260 AD) at the Konya Archaeological Museum
Excavations have shown that the region was inhabited during the Late Copper Age, around 3000 BC. The city came under the influence of the Hittites around 1500 BC. These were overtaken by the Sea Peoples around 1200 BC.
The Phrygians established their kingdom in central Anatolia in the 8th century BC. Xenophon describes Iconium, as the city was called, as the last city of Phrygia. The region was overwhelmed by Cimmerian invaders c. 690 BC. It was later part of the Persian Empire, until Darius III was defeated by Alexander the Great in 333 BC.
Alexander's empire broke up shortly after his death and the town came under the rule of Seleucus I Nicator. During the Hellenistic period the town was ruled by the kings of Pergamon. As Attalus III, the last king of Pergamon, was about to die without an heir, he bequeathed his kingdom to the Roman Republic. During the Roman Empire, under the rule of emperor Claudius, the city's name was changed to Claudioconium, and during the rule of emperor Hadrianus to Colonia Aelia Hadriana.
The apostles Paul and Barnabas preached in Iconium during their first Missionary Journey in about 47–48 AD (see Acts 13:51, Acts 14:1–5 and Acts 14:21), having been persecuted in Antioch, and Paul and Silas probably visited it again during Paul's Second Missionary Journey in about 50 (see Acts 16:2). Their visit to the synagogue of the Jews in Iconium divided the Jewish and non-Jewish communities between those who believed Paul and Barnabas' message and those who did not believe, provoking a disturbance during which attempts were made to stone the apostles. They fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia. Paul recalled this experience in his second letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:10-13), Albert Barnes therefore suggesting that Timothy had been present with Paul in Iconium, Antioch and Lystra. The city became the seat of a bishop, which in ca. 370 was raised to the status of a metropolitan see for Lycaonia, with Saint Amphilochius as the first metropolitan bishop.
In Christian legend, based on the apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla, Iconium was also the birthplace of Saint Thecla, who saved the city from attack by the Isaurians.
Under the Byzantine Empire, the city was part of the Anatolic Theme. During the 8th–10th centuries, the town and the nearby Kabala (Caballa) Fortress (Turkish: Gevale Kalesi) were a frequent target of Arab attacks as part of the Arab–Byzantine wars.
Konya: Seljuk era
Main article: Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate
Ince Minaret Medrese (1279) in Konya
The Seljuk Turks first raided the area in 1069, but a period of chaos overwhelmed Anatolia after the Seljuk victory in the Battle of Manzikert in 1071, and the Norman mercenary leader Roussel de Bailleul rose in revolt at Iconium. The city was finally conquered by the Seljuks in 1084. From 1097 to 1243 it was the capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum. It was briefly occupied by the Crusaders Godfrey of Bouillon (August 1097), and Frederick Barbarossa (May 18, 1190) after the Battle of Iconium (1190). The area was retaken by the Turks.
The name of the town was changed to Konya (in Persian: قونیه quniya) by Mesud I in 1134.
Established in 1273, the Sufi Mevlevi Order and its Whirling Dervishes are among the renowned symbols of Konya and Turkey.
Konya reached the height of its wealth and influence in the second half of the 12th century when the Seljuk sultans of Rum also subdued the Anatolian beyliks to their east, especially that of the Danishmends, thus establishing their rule over virtually all of eastern Anatolia, as well as acquiring several port towns along the Mediterranean (including Alanya) and the Black Sea (including Sinop) and even gaining a momentary foothold in Sudak, Crimea. This golden age lasted until the first decades of the 13th century.
Many Persians and Persianized Turks from Persia and Central Asia migrated to Anatolian cities either to flee the invading Mongols or to benefit from the opportunities for educated Muslims in a newly established kingdom. By the 1220s, the city of Konya was filled with refugees from the Khwarezmid Empire. Sultan Kayqubad I fortified the town and built a palace on top of the citadel. In 1228 he invited Bahaeddin Veled and his son Rumi, the founder of the Mevlevi order, to settle in Konya.
In 1243, following the Seljuk defeat in the Battle of Köse Dağ, Konya was captured by the Mongols as well. The city remained the capital of the Seljuk sultans, vassalized to the Ilkhanate until the end of the century.
Konya: Karamanid era
Main article: Karamanids
Following the fall of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate in 1307, Konya was made the capital of a Turkish beylik (emirate); which lasted until 1322 when the city was captured by the neighbouring Beylik of Karamanoğlu. In 1420, the Beylik of Karamanoğlu fell to the Ottoman Empire and, in 1453, Konya was made the provincial capital of Karaman Eyalet.
Konya: Ottoman era
Main articles: Ottoman Empire, Karaman Eyalet, and Vilayet of Konya
16th-century Konya carpet, in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
During Ottoman rule, Konya was administered by the Sultan's sons (Şehzade), starting with Şehzade Mustafa and Şehzade Cem (the sons of Sultan Mehmed II), and later the future Sultan Selim II. Between 1483 and 1864, Konya was the administrative capital of Karaman Eyalet. During the Tanzimat period, as part of the vilayet system introduced in 1864, Konya became the seat of the larger Vilayet of Konya which replaced Karaman Eyalet.
Konya: Turkish War of Independence
Greeks from Konya.
Konya had a major air base during the Turkish War of Independence. In 1922, the Air Force was renamed as the Inspectorate of Air Forces and was headquartered in Konya. The Third Air Wing of the 1st Air Force Command is based at the Konya Air Base. The wing controls the four Boeing 737 AEW&C Peace Eagle aircraft of the Turkish Air Force.
Konya: Republic era
Konya was a center for agriculture at the turn of the 20th century. Since the late 20th century, the economy has diversified.
The Meram highway was constructed in 1950.
The first Konya National Exhibition and Fair was held in 1968.
The Koyunoğlu Museum was donated to the city in 1973 and it reopened in a new building.
Konya Metropolitan Governorship
The first local administration in Konya was founded in 1830. This administration was converted into a municipality in 1876. In March 1989, the municipality became a Metropolitan Municipality. As of that date, Konya had three central district municipalities (Meram, Selçuklu, Karatay) and a Metropolitan Municipality.
Konya is the center of the largest province,the largest 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 Middle Anatolian 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 mountain range.
Lake Tuz, traditionally known 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 late 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.
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.
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Source: Turkish State Meteorological Service
Library of Selçuk University in Konya
Nalçacı Avenue in Selçuk, Konya.
Konya hosts the Tactical Training Center Anatolian Eagle, a center for training NATO Allies and friendly Air Forces. Real Like training environment with large area and skilled aggressors provides a training opportunity to reach the maximum combat readiness for Air Force Fighters. Official Web Site
Konya ranks among the nation's top 10 cities for the average score of high school graduates. There are various elementary and secondary schools in the province. The Meram Fen Lisesi is among Turkey's first-tier science high schools.
Konya is one of the few cities to contain more than 100,000 college students. Selçuk University had the largest number of students, 76,080, of any public university in Turkey during the 2008-09 academic year. It was founded in 1975. The other public university is Necmettin Erbakan University which was established in Konya in 2010.
Private colleges in Konya include the KTO Karatay University.
The 42-floor Seljuk Tower (2006) is the tallest building in Konya
The city ranks among the Anatolian Tigers. There are a number of industrial parks. In 2012 Konya's exports reached 130 countries. A number of Turkish industrial conglomerates, such as Kombassan Holding, have their headquarters in Konya.
While agriculture-based industries play a role, the city's economy has evolved into a center for the manufacturing of components for the automotive industry; machinery manufacturing; agricultural tools; casting industry; plastic paint and chemical industry; construction materials; paper and packing industry; processed foods; textiles; and leather industry.
A TCDD HT65000 on the Ankara–Konya line of the Turkish State Railways
A Škoda 28 T tram produced for the Konya Metropolitan Municipality
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.
Konya: Notable people
Tertius of Iconium, the amanuensis who wrote down Paul the Apostle's Epistle to the Romans
Sadr al-Din al-Qunawi disciple of Ibn Arabi and an original thinker in his own right.
Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, also called Mawlana Balkhi or "Mevlâna", was the founder of the Sufi Mevlevi order (known for the Whirling Dervishes). He spent the last fifty years of his life in Konya. His tomb is located here.
Orkut Büyükkökten, a software engineer who developed the social networking service Orkut, was born in 1975 in Konya.
Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz), famous television doctor appearing on US television.
Konya: Main sights
Alâeddin Mosque (1235) in Konya
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.
Ince Minaret Medrese-Museum
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
Etli ekmek is a local dish of Konya
Selimiye Mosque (1558) in Konya
Konya was the final home of Rumi (Mevlana), whose tomb is in the city. In 1273, his followers in Konya established the Mevlevi Sufi order of Islam and became known as the Whirling Dervishes. Konya has the reputation of being one of the more religiously conservative metropolitan centers in Turkey. It was once known as the "citadel of Islam" and its inhabitants are still comparatively more devout than those from other cities.
Konya produced Turkish carpets that were exported to Europe during the Renaissance. These expensive, richly patterned textiles were draped over tables, beds, or chests to proclaim the wealth and status of their owners, and were often included in the contemporary oil paintings as symbols of the wealth of the painter's clients.
A Turkish folk songs is named Konyalım,Konyalıya Güzel Derler and Konyalım Yaman Çalar Şak Şak Kaşığı , making reference to a loved one from Konya.
The local cuisine of Konya includes dishes made of bulgur wheat and lamb meat. One of the renowned dishes of the city is etli ekmek, which is similar to lahmacun and pizza.
Etliekmek- flat bread baked with ground meat, peppers, onions, and tomatoes
Pişmaniye- similar to American cotton candy and resembles a fully white ball of yarn
Firun Kebab- over-cooked meat (usually lamb)
Various Candies: Konya is known for their sweets. They are famous for Cezerye, an old Turkish sweet made of carrots.
Tirit- a traditional rice dish that is made with meat and various vegetables.
Tavak Suyu- a tomato broth based soup made with shredded chicken and noodles
Konya: Twin towns
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Turkey
Konya is twinned with:
Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Los Angeles, California
Tijuana, Baja California
Khoy, Iran (since 2011)
Nishapur, Iran (since 2011)
Al Qadarif, Sudan
Konya: See also
Konya Carpets and Rugs
Konya: Further reading
"Konia", Handbook for Travellers in Turkey (3rd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1854, OCLC 2145740
Clément Huart (1897). Konia, la ville des derviches tourneurs (in French). Paris: Leroux.
"Konia", The Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th ed.), New York: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1910, OCLC 14782424
E. Broadrup (1995). "Konya/Catal Huyuk". International Dictionary of Historic Places. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn.
C. Edmund Bosworth, ed. (2007). "Konya". Historic Cities of the Islamic World. Leiden: Koninklijke Brill.
"Konya". Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture. Oxford University Press. 2009.
"About Konya/ Geography and Transportation". Konya Sanayi Odasi. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
Gould, Kevin. "Konya, In a Whirl of its Own". The Guardian. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
"7 Good Eats in Konya". My Traveling Joys. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
"Turkey: Major cities and provinces". citypopulation.de. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
Financial Times: Reports - Anatolian tigers: Regions prove plentiful
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Zaman: Anatolian tigers conquering the world
"Konya". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
see William Ramsay, Cities of St. Paul, 315–384; F. F. Bruce, Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1977. p. 475.
Barnes, A, Barnes' Notes on the Bible http://biblehub.com/commentaries/barnes/acts/14.htm accessed 6 September 2015
"General Overview Of The Konya Economy". Retrieved 25 May 2015.
"History « Kombassan Holding". Retrieved 25 May 2015.
(English) "Škoda Transportation wins Konya tram contract". Retrieved 2013-09-05.
"Opening of Ankara - Konya fast line completes strategic link". Railway Gazette. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
"Invensys commissions ERTMS solution on Turkish High Speed Line". European Railway Review. 7 September 2011. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
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