Konya is a city that was located on primarily the historic Silk Road, and other significant trade routes of the times; of high cultural wealth and tourism potential, serving as a bridge between the east and the west.
Konya, housing Çatalhöyük – the oldest center of settlement in history, has been a pioneer in many areas by its history of ten thousand years; and has maintained its feature of being a central city by continuing its leadership in science, culture and civilization, also in economy.
As Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar has said; a capitol is always a capitol. Konya, always assuming a significant mission in the historical process, has served as the capitol of the state that the Seljuks have established by conquering Anatolia and has become a center of highly intense commercial activities of the time. The Anatolian Seljuks period has been a period of glory for the capitol Konya. During this period of nearly two and a half centuries, everywhere in Konya has become full of mosques, madrasas, schools, caravanserais, soup kitchens, hospitals, waterways, bridges, palaces and many other buildings.