A tumulus turned into a city park in the city center Alaeddin Hill, houses the first mosque built by Anatolian Seljuks. The construction of the mosque started around 1150's and took about a hundred years to complete. A fine example of early mosque plan, the site was once part of presidential palace and was within the city citadel, houses the tombs of Seljuk Sultans in it's courtyard. Many of the 41 columns used to build the mosque came from a Byzantium basilica on which the mosque is believed to built on. The Altar and dome has remarkable tiles however the highlight of the mosque is the ebony minbar dating 1155 .
Most of the major roads of the city ends here so the taxi drivers say all roads lead to the hill.
There are cafes, walking paths on and several historical buildings and museums around Alaeddin Hill . A visit to Konya should start from Alaeddin Hill.
You should cover your head and use proper dressing (no shorts) while visiting the mosque, you also will take your shoes off before before you enter in. No fee.
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