Comes Early In Konya
14th December 2016
What an amazing view from floor eleven this morning!!
Thankfully, we had all woken before breakfast had finished, and when Mum and I took the dogs out for a run, Summer wanted to come and we were both amazed to see thick, dry snow. The previous night had snowed fairly lightly, but it was still snowing and drifting now and lots of deep snow lay all over the ground. Summer and I had not been in snow like this ever before, neither had Vodka… So whilst myself and Summer embarked upon a frenzied snowball fight Vodka practiced the hot sand dance, just with a different temperature substance!
We eventually left the ibis hotel that morning and went to park back near the Aleaddin mosque.
As we walked around to the entrance of the mosque, the dogs, Summer and I all played in the snow. Asena loved the snow, but Vodka still wasn’t so sure.
We had planned to leave Summer at the shopping mall, but we couldn’t find it, so she came with us….oh well, she might enjoy the history today……..
When we got to the entrance, we decided that Geoff should take the dogs back to the hotel, they obviously aren’t allowed in anywhere here and it was really too cold for Vodka, and too cold for Geoff to hang around outside places with them. He decided to take them back and we would meet him when he returned.
Well, the entrance of the mosque was closed, big renovations are going on in there it seems so we went down to the Karatay museum.
Gorgeously restored, the interior central dome and walls of this former Seljuk theological school (1251) showcase some finely preserved blue-and-white Seljuk tilework, which date back to the 13th century. There is also an outstanding collection of ceramics on display including exhibits of the octagonal Seljuk tiles unearthed during excavations at Kubad Abad Palace on Lake Beysehir, near Beysehir.
We carried on around the road passing the Aleaddin Mosque, and walked along the slippery, icy pavement. We then walked down through the culture park, where many young people where sitting and talking we grabbed chai from the vendor, ( mum and summer shared the extra one, because mum knows ” four” in Turkish but not ” three” !!)
Despite it being in the most popular area, not many people come and see the massive Hacıveyiszade Cami mosque which is located behind the culture park, it’s not open for ” visitors” but is stunning to see, and today it was all covered in snow making it all the more beautiful! After looking up at the beautifully made building, we carried on walking to the Ince Minare museum.
The İnce Minare Medresesi is now a museum of Wooden Artefacts & Stone Carving found in the Konya fortress, Mevlâna mosque, and Aleaddin Mosque. The Ince Minare was built in 1264 for Seljuk vizier Sahip Ata. Inside, many of the carvings feature motifs similar to those used in tiles and ceramics. The Seljuks didn’t take notice of Islam’s traditional prohibition against human and animal images, for example, pictures of Humans, Lions and Leopards and even the double-headed eagle, which is associated with the concept of Empire and is actually Konyas symbol.
At this point, Geoff still wasn’t back, so we carried on without him and went to visit the historical two-storey building, which is the Atatürk museum, which is located on Atatürk Caddasi. It was constructed in 1912 of hewn and unhewn stone and bricks. It was registered in the name of the Treasury in 1923 and was used as the Governor’s office, but after Atatürk’s visit to Konya it was given to him. When he entered, the people of Konya said, “The gift of the Konya people to the President Gazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha”. Atatürk has visited the city thirteen times, since 1920 to 1937, where on several occasions, he saw the whirling dervishes. The building has been repaired multiple times. We were almost there when Geoffers phoned…..we back tracked to collect him.
With Geoff now with us, we went back down the street, slipping and sliding across the ice and crunching through the snow and visited the Atatürk agriculture monument, which was situated on a roundabout near a busy road. It was especially wonderful in the snow.
We then walked along the main road, looking for a place to have some food, before going and having a look around the Atatürk house museum.
The large, grey mansion in its own gardens was very beautiful. I think it is really incredible that we get to walk around a place, where once the great Turkish hero Mustafa Kemal Atatürk walked and lived in. Atatürk visited the city seven times during his time as President of Turkey, and he loved the city very much. I guess it’s easy to visit whichever town or city he would choose to, especially when they all seem to gift him a house on his first visit! The day was growing incredibly cold again upon our exit from Atatürks house…… We aimed for the good old truck and turned up the heating to thaw out! The snow was still floating down. That evening, although our new Iranian friends had invited us to their hotel we stayed in, the risk of roads freezing in the night is too great for nighttime journeys, especially when the Konya drivers still drive like its Le Mans ! We have arranged to meet them for kahvalata instead………