Alâeddin Camii

A small green hill in the middle of the city, Alâeddin Tepesi, is a place where Konyans like to gather to socialize and relax. On the hill is the most important Selçuk building in Konya, Alâeddin Camii.

Alâeddin Tepesi in Konya, Turkey

Alâeddin Tepesi

Built in 1235 by Alâeddin Keykûbad I, the Selçuk Sultan of Rûm, it was the imperial mosque of the Selçuk sultans. It has a very long prayer hall with columns reused from Byzantine and Greek structures. The original structure on the site was a Christian basilica that was converted into a mosque in 1080 when the Selçuks conquered the city. Click here for a virtual tour.

Alâeddin Camii in Konya, Turkey

Alâeddin Camii

Alâeddin Camii in Konya, Turkey

Alâeddin Camii

Alâeddin Camii in Konya, Turkey

Alâeddin Camii

In the courtyard of the mosque are two tombs. The first one is the tomb of Kılıçarslan II, built in 1197. It houses the tombs of eight Selçuk sultans. Next to it is an unfinished Selçuk tomb, abandoned in 1220.

From left to right – Alâeddin Camii, Tomb of Kılıçarslan II, unfinished tomb in Konya, Turkey

From left to right – Alâeddin Camii, Tomb of Kılıçarslan II, unfinished tomb

My favorite part of the mosque is on the north side of the hill. It’s a very long wall which functioned as the original gate of the mosque. It is decorated with several Selçuk symbols. In front is a beautiful garden.

Alâeddin Camii in Konya, Turkey

Alâeddin Camii

Alâeddin Camii gate in Konya, Turkey

Alâeddin Camii gate

Alâeddin Camii in Konya, Turkey

Alâeddin Camii

Garden in Konya, Turkey

Garden

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