Konya City of Turkey


Konya City is the capital city of Konya Province. Located on the south-eastern brink of Anatolian Plateau, with an elevation of 1,027 meters above sea level, the city is in a continental climate zone, which is typical of a hot and dry summer season, while of a cold and snowy winter. The annual temperature at the highest is 40℃, while at the lowest is -28℃. With a population of 2.1 million, and covering an area of 40,249 square kilometers, it is the largest city in Turkey.

Konya was an important military stronghold in the times of the Byzantine Empire, the Eastern Roman Empire and Ottoman Empire, and served as the capital of the Byzantine Empire from 1,076 to 1,277 AD. It is the birthplace of Mevlana, famous Turkey thinker and philosopher. The city won the title of “the museum of natural history and art” due to its abundant historical tradition and long history. There are altogether 9 various museums and 3 famous mosques. It is also the city for the famous Seljuq University of Turkey.    

Konya is an important industrial and agricultural city in central southern part of Turkey, the world famous historical and cultural city as well as international tourist destination, and it is also an important station of the ancient Silk Road. The city is with beautiful scenery, abundant natural resources, advanced agriculture and complete industrial sectors, with its industries ranging from marble mining and processing, chemical engineering, brick-making to sugar, food processing, diary products, edible oil, stone powder, fodder processing, rubber, plastic products, timber, paper-making, construction materials, copper casting, aluminum ingots, agricultural machinery, automobile, tractor parts, and its industrial strength ranks No. 6 in Turkey. 33.3% of the population is agricultural, 22.6% goes in for industries and construction, and 44.2% is in the tertiary industry.

All the residents of the city believes in Islamic, and the city is one of the most conservative religious cities in Turkey.

Konya City established sister-city relationship with Xi’an on September 8, 1996.


[Source:Foreign Affairs and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Xi’an City]