"The Alaettin Camii in Konya" Turkey Off The Beaten Path Tip by Paul2001

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  The Mihrab in the Alaettin Camii, Konya
by Paul2001

The Alaettin Camii in Konya is huge 13th century mosque that is one of the best examples of Seljuk architecture in Turkey. As you approach the mosque from outside, a visit does not look very promising, however the interior of the mosque is quite remarkable. There is a large array of marble columns that were recycled from earlier Roman and Byzantine monuments. The mihrab is one of the most beautiful that I saw in Turkey. It is surrounded with modern bright blue tiling with black calligraphy. The mosque also has a large courtyard with tombs.
The mosque was built by Alaettin Keykubad I, the Seljuk sultan of Rum. The mosque sits on top of a hill called Alaettin Tepesi(Aladdin's Hill) and is surrounded by tea and flower gardens.
Few foriegn tourists seem to visit the Alaettin Camii which is a shame because it is quite good. If you choose to see it, remember to work you visit around pray times as this is still a very active mosque. I found that the guardians were very welcoming.

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  • Written Feb 9, 2005
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