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.
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.
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.
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.