The province of Konya that we can call an open air museum, started to work as a residential site in the Neolithic Age. Konya which is the host to several important civilizations during the History was the host to Seljukians, Karamanogullari and Ottoman civilizations during the Turkish History. Konya , which is located on the Silk Road and that is also a significant station located on the Silk Road, reflects the specific characteristics of Turkish Culture and Art with architectural works perfectly in harmony. The famous author Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar did not write his lines of "travel the world, and see Konya " for nothing!
Konya that was the capital city of the Anatolia Seljukians for two centuries, had an important position culturally within this era. During this time the important characters of science and art world have visited Konya and completed their works here.
Çatalhöyük that is located within the boundaries of district Çumra of Konya , is a famous residential site from the Neolithic Stone Age and the Copper Age. It can be told that the province is one of the ancient and developed residential site. The ruins found in Çatalhöyük, gives remarkable informations about the periods social life. The works of art found in Çatalhöyük, are exhibited in Konya Archaeological Museum.
Mevlana Celaleddin Rumî that effected the whole world with his philosophy is a poet and a Sufi Philosopher whose name is identified with Konya . Şems-i Tebrizi, Bahaeddin Veled, Muhyiddin Arabi and Kadı Burhaneddin are only a few of the Philosophers who visited Konya or who are the inhabitants of Konya .
The main actors that are known worldwide are not easy to count about the food culture. But the most famous recipes can be counted as delicious tandoor that is prepared from the meats of Merinos sheep and lambs, bread with meat (etli ekmek) which is the favourite of Turkey , cheesy flatbread made of herbed cheese and again appropriate and specific for the cities’ taste specific water pastry.