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Monday, January 11, 2010

Konya and Cappadoccia

Heart of Anatolia – and the capital of Salajeek

Konya is a city in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey. It takes an overnight train from Istanbul to reach Konya.

Trains are good and comfortable… and almost on time. You can buy the tickets from the main station in european Istanbul even if you dont know any turkish. The trains departs from the asian side of istanbul though, called Hyderpasha Station.

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Konya was the capital of Seljuks between 1071 and 1308.

Alaeddin Mosque

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Saljuk Architecture is distinct from Ottomon Style of buildings.

The building served as the “Mosque of the Throne” for the Seljuq Sultans of Rum and contains the dynastic mausoleum. It was constructed in stages between the mid-12th and mid-13th centuries. Both the citadel and the mosque bear the name of sultan 'Ala al-Din Kayqubad I.

It also contains the graves of many Saljuk Salateen (emperors).

 

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Food in Konya – More kebabs.

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some home made bread

 

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and lots of peach flavour Ice Tea - Special treat for Maaz

 

 

 

Cappadoccia

A city with fairy chimneys

 

A popular tourist destination in Central Turkey – around 3 hours bus ride away from Konya.

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A popular place for hot air balloons

 

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