Sille
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james c
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Our tour guide gave us amazing day in there. This city was a house for muslims, christians, even before them Lydian or sth like that. You can see many caves in there. Many of them used for house many of them church and monastery. They used that caves as a defend themself for attacks. And there is a church called Aya Eleni which the creator is a mother of first Emperor to accept christianity.
Written August 25, 2022
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Catherine A
London, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
Sille is an ancient village situated up a valley about 8km west of Konya, accessible by public transport from the city. Once inhabited by a mixed Christian/ Muslim population, Sille consists of lots of old dwellings which are now being renovated into residential houses and for business and artisan use, particularly for the local traditional pottery. There is an art museum, a few restaurants and cafes, and fresh drinking water is available at many of the water fountains brought by the river and the aqueduct, A church built in the 4th Century AD by Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, has recently been sympathetically renovated and is now a museum. Other places to visit include rock churches and 7 mosques all with unique styles and qualities.There are still other archaeological investigations continuing, and ancient bridges and waterways are being renovated in the original style. 2km outside the village is the lake created by the construction of a dam and there are plans to develop this area for recreational use.
Written August 9, 2013
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Shehxad K
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014
I found Sille more interesting than what the reviews said. The first impression was like coming suddenly to a village where history is visible on a 180 degree. The people are nice and welcoming.There is only 1 hotel now with few nice restaurants. The bus 64 from Konya Aladin station takes about 20 min to be there. Its available from morning till 9 in the evening (as per locals) I came back earlier though.
Written December 15, 2014
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DenverTennisPlayer
Denver, CO216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
This is a small village near Konya- it is wonderful to see. Lots of places to eat. Most important site is the Aya Eleni- old Greek Church. There is a guard present and it is open at various times. The guard opened the Church for our group of 10 people.
Written July 9, 2015
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Ortlinde
Fort Worth, TX432 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
My husband and I took a taxi here from our hotel in Konya. It is apparent that someone is trying to refurbish this area to make it more attractive to tourists, and they are doing a nice job. The restored church of Saint Helen was lovely, free, and worth seeing.

Apparently, this area was inhabited by Christians, and the church was not destroyed as so many Christian buildings were.

I enjoyed myself because I like to look at houses and "regular" architecture, not just majestic castles and palaces. If you are already in Konya, it is worth the trip -- it's only about a 20 minute drive. If you are not in Konya, it is not worth the effort to get here from any great distance.
Written July 15, 2014
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Suzanne R-A
Bodrum City, Türkiye26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
As we were bored with our usual buffet style breakfast at our hotel, we took the advice of our previous days taxi driver and headed out of town, for a thirty minute ride to a village called Sille, where apparently everyone heads for breakfast.
Our cab driver dropped us at the entrance to the village and we felt as though we were instantly transported back in time.
A quaint centuries old village stood before us, on either side of a small river, with every building offering kahvalte breakfast).
Our driver had recommended the Konak restaurant and we took our seats by the river and ordered traditional breakfast, complete with a large pot of tea.
We ordered separate coffees and sipped these as the staff bought the numerous dishes to our table.
Over a dozen different dishes were presented, including honey...still in its comb....fresh clotted cream and a cheese completely covered in mould that my husband insisted I try as it was delicious. It wasn't!
The building itself was over 300 years old and the toilets were immaculate (this really matters to me...You can tell a lot from the ladies!)
After this, we ventured further into the village, across the river and up to the mountain which was full of caves, where beings used to dwell. I'd recommend sensible shoes for this! There is a church there dedicated to St Eleni, from when the Greeks occupied this village, but my aching feet and rumbling belly (must have been the cheese 😊) meant that we took a slow walk back to the village and a tour around the Sille Museum - free to enter and an absolutely delightful insight to the history and crafts of the village.
We later passed another restaurant with the name Konak...and realised we had eaten at the wrong one. We were made more than welcome by the wonderful lady owner, who was amused to see that both hubby and I had blue eyes, as she did and most of the staff there. We stayed there for tea, wandered around the two story building, marvelling at the antiquities on display and stopping to drink the spring water from their outside tap.
After a visit to the local ceramics factory (brilliantly priced kitchen crockery on sale, if your airline luggage allowance is generous enough),our trusty cab driver collected us and we headed back to the hustle and bustle of Konya centre.

Sille may be known as the breakfast village, but to me it would be perfect, at any time of day.
Written April 13, 2019
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Alis c
Ankara, Türkiye39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
it is going to be wedding and honey moon destination. old village. very clean. an Orthodox Church..

very peacefull area.

eat borekh and drink cay in the gardens.

veey clean.
SILLEHAN hotel and restaurant is exceptional and reasonable.

not so commercial place.

no shops only culture

a lot to see.

some interesting caves.

Written August 31, 2015
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Towfiek T
Cape Town65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015
We took the public bus from Alaadin tepesi to Sille. This village is old ans has a multitude of tourist visiting sites. Highlights were the ancient church, the time museum and the ancient cave dwellings.the infrastructure of the village is being upgraded to make it more accessible and tourist friendly and a half day visit is well worthwhile. Busses run on an hourly cycles and are inexpensive. there are also some nice roadside cafes adjacent to the river which flows through the village. For cultural and historic fundis Sille is a must see
Written August 4, 2015
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Hilary F
Auckland Central, New Zealand81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
Easy to catch a bus from Konya, at the bus station at the Aladdin Camii end of Mevlana Caddesi, to Sille. Half an hour or less trip and arrive in a delightful village overlooking Konya. The cobbled streets, delightful Greek Orthodox Church, local people make this a worthwhile visit especially with lunch at Sille Konak.
Written June 15, 2015
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kuletgin
Kusadasi, Türkiye363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Sille, ancient Greek settlement, is about 8 kms far away from Konya city center which really worths visiting. The history goes back to pre-historic times but Sille was developed as a civilization center in the Byzantine period. Most of the houses and churches were built in medieval ages with the great monuments. It became a trade center later and all greek congregations were exiled to Sille when the Turks captured the area in the beginning of 13th century AD. Aya Eleni Church, one of the masterpieces of Christian Orthodox, was built on behalf of emperor's mother and was dedicated to Christ. The church was restored during the reign of Sultan Mahmut II as well. Aya Eleni church has been restored recently and been opened to the visitors. The church is a must place for visitors in order to see the beautiful frescoes and I can recommned to everybody going to Konya.
Written April 4, 2015
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