Karaman, once the capital of the
Karamanid Emirate, was the first Turkish state to use Turkish instead of Persian
as its official language. Fittingly, Yunus Emre, the first great poet to write
in Turkish, lived here in the 13th century. The surrounding fortresses date from
Seljuk times, although the town's most significant buildings, the Araboglu,
Yunus Emre and Aktekke Mosques and the Hatuniye Medrese, were all built during
the Karamanid reign.
The Region of 1001 Churches, the Karaman region, 150 kilometers from Konya is an undiscovered, mystical land of gently rolling hills and valleys, towering mountains, many monasteries, churches and chapel-complexes. It is a paradise for photographers, walkers, nature-lovers and explorers. The Hittites settled in this region and many remains, including inscriptions have been discovered. One of the highest mountains in this region, Mt Karadag (2,288 meters),is locally called Mahalac; its ancient name is Angel Michael. On top of the mountain, Hittites constructed a temple; an altar where inscriptions remain. There are also the 4th century remains of a monastery, church and a chapel complex; the name of this complex was the Angel Michael Complex. There is a beautiful view here.Visitors can still see the remains of churches and chapels at Madensehir, 45 km from Karaman, on the northern slope of Mt. Karadag.
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