Konya the City of Culture and History

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    Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı Tahir Akyürek tarafından düzenlenen Zafer Çeşmesi ile bir Selçuklu Anıtı dikilmiş, ayrıca sığ bir havuz etrafında bugüne kadar kurulan Türk Devletleri ile ilgili bayrak ve kabartmalarla süslü sütunlara yer verilmiştir.
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    It is one of the central districts of Konya and located in southwest of the city. Meram is a recreation area 8 km away from the city center and five important highways, Ankara-Konya, Isparta-Konya, Antalya-Konya, Mersin-Konya and Adana-Konya pass through Meram.15.24.Meram: "MERAM" which means "purpose, demand, aim, objective" is one of the three central districts of Konya. It is used in proverbs as in" Meramın elinden bir şey kurtulmaz (Meram is the strongest medicine)", or in idioms as "Meramını anlatmak, merak etmek (to express one’s problem)". Evliya Chalabi, while talking about the gardens and orchards, uses the expression "Bağ-ı Meram" in his Seyahatname. He even compares these to Konya’s Meram. “Baruthane gardens of Pechevi, the Sudak orchard of Crimea, more than seventy-five hundred gardens and rosaries of Istanbul, the Shah-i Jihanbagh of Tabriz are worth nothing in comparison with Meram’s garden.” There is parallelism between the history of Konya and Meram. In history, Konya was ruled by Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians and Persians. Konya, seized by Alexander the Great and the Romans, became the capital of the Seljuks. Then, in Konya, the Karamanid rule was followed by the Ottoman sovereignty. The Meram District was established on 26.06.1987 by the law approved by the Turkish Parliament which elevated Konya to the status of metropolis. After completing the foundation works, Meram district started to exist as of August 08, 1988. Meram is located in the south and south west of Konya. It is surrounded by Selçuklu to the north; Çumra, Akören and Bozkir to the south, Beysehir and Seydisehir to the west and Karatay to the east. The north and west of the town are surrounded by mountains and hills, and the south is wide open plains. The irrigation water need of the district is provided from Altınapa Dam. Meram Vineyards: It is a famous recreation area 8 km from Konya city center and near Meram watercourse. There are Hasbeyoğlu Mosque, Bath and Dar'ülhuffaz (Health complex) and Tavusbaba tomb from the Seljuk period in Meram. Kızılviran Inn: It is on Konya-Beysehir highway and it is 44 km. from the provincial center. An inn with winter and summer sections. Çayırbağı. Dere, Dutlukırı and Ordu Çeşmesi, Hatip, Gökyurt Villages (Gilistra) are among the places frequented by local and foreign tourists with its water, nature and air. Yemin Forest: Yamin Forest, which is the result of the afforestation works carried out during the Republican Period on the hill where the Tavusbaba tomb is located, has picnic places and 2 separate recreation facilities. Archaeological Museum: Artifacts from the Neolithic, Early Bronze, Hittite, Phrygian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum opened in 1962. There are artifacts found in the excavations at Çatalhüyük, Canhasan, Erbaa Sızma, Karahuyuk and Alaeddin Hill exhibited in Archaeological Museum which is located next to the Sahipata Camii. Atatürk Museum: Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's house which he honored during his visit to Konya was given as a present to him in 1928. In this house turned into a museum in 1964, Ataturk's clothes, special items, photographs and documents are shown. Sırçalı Madrasah Museum: It is in Gazialemşah quarter. It is a beautiful example of Madrasah with a yard. Bedrettin Muslik built it in 1242 for teaching Fiqh.
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    Şehrin merkezinde yeşil dokusu ile içinde aslına uygun inşa edilen tarihi Dede Bahçesi, yeni amfi tiyatrosu, havuz, kapalı kermes alanı, sosyal alanları, yeni yaya yolları, 112, polis ve zabıta merkezleri ve İl Halk Kütüphanesi bulunmaktadır.1.11. Kültür Park (Culture Park): The lush park in city center contains historical Dede Garden which was built same as the original, a new amphitheater, a pool, an indoor kermess area, social areas, new pedestrian roads, 112, poliçe and municipal polic centers and the City Public Library.

See the tasty historical foods of Konya!

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    One of the most liked dishes in Konya is Tirit. Recipe of Konya style Tirit (For 5): Half kilo lamb meat, half lilo yoghurt, 2 onions, a bunch of parsley, one dried bread, 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 bay leaves, 4-5 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper. Green peppers and tomatos for garnisihing. Cooking: Place meat cubes into a saucepan…
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    Arabaşı Soup: Arabaşı Soup is a hot chicken soup. The most important ingredient is the dough. The water is boiled by adding salt, then flour is added and the soup becomes thick. It is stirred till the soup becomes like a pudding. It is poured into a two fingers height tray and left to rest. The soup is served in a bowl with doughs cut in the shape of diamonds. You first take a piece of dough on your spoon and then dip your spoon into the soup bowl…
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    3.11. Okra Soup: Originating from Central Anatolia, okra soup is an important mid-course of the classical menus in Konya. As it has a sour taste and a dark appearance (as in the tradition), it is served after pilaf (weddings and dinner parties) and dessert in order to appetize the guests so that the dishes served again. It is made with dried flower okras and meat cubes.

Mevlânâ Celâleddîn-i Rûmî

30 Eylül 1207, Belh - 17 Aralık 1273, Konya
  • Mevlâna was born on 30 September 1207 (6 Rebiyülevvel 604) in Balkh, which is an important historic city located in Khorasan region in the north of Afghanistan. Then he lived in the cities of Vakhsh and Samarkand with his father. Mevlâna was almost five years old when his father dediced to immigrate from Balkh. The group’s intention was to go on pigrimage at first. They followed the route of Neyshabur, Bagdat, Mecca, Madinah and Damascus to arrive Anatolia. They first reached to Malatya then to Erzincan and stayed in these cities for one or more than one years. Their third stop was Akşehir and probably they stayed here four years. When Mevlâna was fifteen years old, they moved to Larende (Karaman) (619/1222). He was married up with Gevher Hatun, daughter of Lala Şerefettin from Samarkand in Larende (1225). During the early years of their marriage Sultan Veled and Alâeddin Çelebi were born. While he stayed in Karaman approximately for seven years, Mevlâna went to Aleppo and Damascus for education and lost his mother, Mümine Hatun, older brother Alâeddin Muhammed and most probably his wife, Gevher Hatun here. According to hearsay, the family moved to Konya in 1229 upon persistent invitations by Sultan Alâeddin Keykubat. His father Baha-i Veled deceased in 1231 (629) in Konya when Mevlâna was twenty-four years old. Except the years he spend in Aleppo and Damascus for education and his travels, Mevlâna consistently lived in Konya and died on 17 December 1273 (5 Cemaziyelahir 672) when he was sixty-eight in accordance with Hijri Calendar or when he was sixty-six according to Gregorian Calendar. The cemetery nascenting in Sultan Garden where his father was buried turned into a Türbe-yi Şerif (Shrine). Later on this building and its outbuildings became the Dervish Lodge (Asitane) of Tarika-i Mevleviye (Mevlevi Order, Mevleviyeh) which turned into an institution by diligence of his son, Sultan Veled.

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Mevlânâ Celâleddîn-i Rûmî

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