The moment you step in Konya, the atmosphere of history and culture will capture you to transport to the ages of Mevlana (Rumi). At a seven minute distance from the Konya Airport and coach terminal and just fifteen minutes away from the city centre, the Rixos Konya Hotel offers a variety of privileged services to its guests. Since the hotel is the meeting place for the local business world, Rixos is also the prominent convention centre and downtown hotel for convention tourism in Konya with its ballroom and meeting halls. Starting your day with a breakfast at Rixos, you can discover the city where Rumi wrote his poetry or visit the mosques characteristic of the Seljuk architecture throughout the day.
The Mevlana Museum has been converted from the dervish lodge were Mohammad Jelaleddin Rumi (a.k.a. Mevlana) used to live. Also hosting the sarcophagus of Mevlana (Rumi), the museum comprises 6 thousand 500 sqm area including the yard and its total area including the Rose Garden is 18 thousand sqm. In addition to the coat of Mevlana, the museum also exhibits specific works relating to Sufism and Islamic mysticism.
Named after Semsi Tebrizi (Shams-i Tabrizi), the teacher of Mohammad Jelaleddin Rumi, the mosque is situated inside the Sems Park. The building was restored by Abdurrezakoglu Emir Ishak Bey in the 16th century and a prayer room has been added. Characteristic geometrical motifs can be observed at the ceiling. The place is an important stop for tourists who come to visit the tomb of Mevlana in Konya.
Situated on Alâeddin Hill at the city centre, the mosque was finally completed after a long construction period and opened to service in the 13th century by Sultan Alâeddin Keykubad I, a ruler of the Anatolian Seljuks. The Alâeddin Mosque carries the characteristics of the Seljuk and Islamic architectures and certain Anatolian Seljuk rulers are buried in here. You can continue your journey in history at the Selimiye Mosque constructed by Selim - the Sultan's Son - when he was the governor of Konya, recognised as one of the most special historical artefacts in the city. The mosque is in the Karatay district and bears the characteristics of classical Ottoman architecture.
Founded inside a schoolyard in 1901, the relics in the Konya Archaeology Museum were first moved to the Mevlana Museum in 1927 and later to the Iplikci Mosque in 1953, finally ending up in the modern museum established in 1962. Relics from the Neolithic Age, Early Bronze Age, Middle Bronze Age, Iron Age, Classical Age, and Hellenistic Age as well as Roman and Byzantine times are exhibited in the museum. Open except Mondays.
The Karatay Madrasa is one of the most remarkable venues to be visited in Konya. The Madrasa opened in 1955 as the Museum of China Works represents the most prominent examples of glazed tile works from Anatolian Seljuks. China plates and glazed tile works from the Seljuk and Ottoman Eras are exhibited in the museum.
Catalhoyuk, the first-ever human settlement in Konya, is a key archaeological site for humanity, transporting its visitors 9 thousand years back in history. The very first examples of human dwellings are exhibited in the Neolithic City of Catalhoyuk, which has been on the World Heritage List of UNESCO since 2012.
A neighbourhood in Konya preserving the historical tissue, Sille attracts the attention of visitors for its authentic structure. Sille is also home to the Ak Monastery, which is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in the world. You are invited to try the local culinary tastes and discover the history and mystery on the streets of Sille. While you are here, do not forget to visit the Aya Elena Church.
An ancient town with an impressive atmosphere in the Village of Gokyurt, settlement in Kilistra began during the Hellenistic Age and continued through the Roman Ages. The city is characterised by a secluded settlement with an enticing atmosphere on the mountains. Engraved in rocks, the city is one of the most special venues worth seeing for its magnificence in Konya.
The Salt Lake at the junction of Ankara, Konya and Aksaray is the second largest lake in terms of surface area in Turkey. You may visit the Salt Lake for its natural beauty and spectacular view during your stay at Rixos Konya. You can even walk on the lake during the summer when the lake is covered in salt.