Konya (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈkon.ja]; Greek: Ικόνιον Ikónion, Latin: Iconium) is a city in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey. It is the seventh most populous city in Turkey and the largest city interms of the area that it covers. As of 2015, Konya has a population of 2.130.000. Konya is an economically and industrially developed city and the capital of Konya Province which has 31 districts.
Konya has been an old permanent settlement province, a cradle for many civilizations since people started to run a settled life in 7000 B.C. As we remember the usage of writing began 3500 B.C, Konya is considered one of the oldest settlements of the world history.
The city lies on a totally flat ground, with the sole exception of a small hill called Alaaddin Tepesi in the very centre of the city—which is actually a man-made hill, erected during the Seljuk period so noble residents could easily watch the city below from their palace. Almost nothing remained of the palace and the hill now serves as the central park, which is a quite pleasant and shady one.
Konya which has numerous historical, cultural and natural richness, has almost an identity of a museum-city. In Konya, there is a large number of Islamic Works due to the fact that it was the capital of Anatolian Seljuk State
The city which has a living history with HANs, a caravanserai, ancient mosques, madrasahs and cupolas as a heritage from Selcuk Turks and it’s at present-day recognized world-wide and is becoming an attractivity center of religious tourism from a large geography from USA to Korea which derives from the important role of Mevlana Rumi Museum including Mevlana Tomb. Mevlana Museum, has been one of the most visited museums in Turkey with a visitor number of 2.109.487 tourists including 691.560 foreign tourists in the year of 2014.