Mevlana Cultural CenterAlongside a generally high level of instruction and very modern buildings, Konya has a reputation of being one of the more religiously conservative metropolitan centers in Turkey. It was once known as the “citadel of Islam”, and it is still more devout than other cities.
One of the best known Turkish folk songs is named “Konyalım” (making reference to a loved one from Konya).
Konya was a prominent source for export of “Turkey carpets” to Europe during the Renaissance. These costly, richly-patterned textiles were draped over tables, beds, or chests to proclaim the wealth and status of their owners, and were often included in contemporary oil paintings as symbols of the wealth of the painter’s clients. See, for example, Hans Holbein the Younger.
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