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“A nice and interesting outing”
Review of Sille

Sille
Ranked #2 of 55 things to do in Konya
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a restoration project that is in progress. The main even is a fourth century church built by Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor. The restoration is nearly complete and one can see the restoration is from very few remnants.

This Christian village escaped various Arab/Muslim conquests on instructions of Rumi, the founder of the Mevlana order of Sufism. Thus the town survived as a Christian community for centuries and served as a way station for pilgrims to Jerusalem.

Interesting to visit but you must do your research to appreciate.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

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.

6  Thank Catherine A
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

This little town is home to the first official Christian church in the Roman Empire. The church was supposedly built by Constantine's mother immediately after he converted. The church has been restored recently and looks a little fake, but it is a nice place to visit. The town itself is quaint and has a couple of good little cafes, this is a quick trip outside of Konya so it's worth seeing.

1  Thank DJshohan
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

It is not worth to spend time to go there at least for 5 years. It is an old settlement but not attractive at the moment.

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