Karaman

It used to be a district of Konya, now it is also a city centre.

Ermenek

Ermenek is just like a film shooting set with its roofless flat tin topped houses positioned on top of each other on a valley slope where the Ermenek stream, a strand of Goksu River, flows in its curly bed. The Ermenek people had their summer vineyard houses on the sides of the stream flowing along the valley. Some of those houses are still used today. The Ulu Mosque comes first among the places of interest worth too be seen. It was built in 1302 by the Karamanoğulları; its interior is ornamented with walnut wood carving works. The Ermenek Castle, Sipas Mosque, Mimar Emir Rüstem Pasha Mosque, Ala Köprü (Bridge), Tol Medresseh are the other places of interest. The Maraspoli Cave is extraordinarily beautiful, you go there through a 150-m tunnel. Both the tunnel and the cave are illuminated. The cave is on the source point of an underground river.

Taşkale – Stone Castle

Before going to Taskale, 150-km to Konya and 46- km to Karaman, the impressive caves of Manazan should be visited en-route. It is a five-storey cave and you can stroll in it via the galleries between the storeys. It was used as a settlement facility during Byzantine period. There are traces of drawings on its walls. The archaeological findings out of the cave are nor on display in the Karaman Museum.

When you look at Taşkale from distance you will first see single storey houses with flat earthen roofs, and some other rooms one on another carved in the rocky hills rising right behind them. These cool rooms used for defence and hiding purposes in the Byzantine period, are now used for grain storage. It is claimed that wheat can be stored here for 8-10 years in perfect conditions. The Taşkale people can climb up to these caves and down these rocky hills with sacks full of grain on their backs. You should not try the same without a ladder if you are not experienced in mountain climbing.

You can see in the Taşkale town centre the Taş Mosque, Orta Mosque and Orta Köprü (Bridge). You should not miss Aşarini Caves too. Taşkale is declared a site area and is put under protection by a preservation program. The 1356-m long İncesu Underground Cave is rather impressing with its stalactites, stalagmites, travertine formations and small ponds. It is waiting for its time to come to be opened to tourism. It shall be an attraction spot once it is opened to visitors with illuminations. Taşkale is also famous with its tapestry, 10 carpet and kilim companies are already active in the area. The peculiar local rock houses are in Gökyurt (Glistra) and Sille as well as in Taşkale.

İvriz Kaya Anıtı – Ivriz Rock Monument

Ivriz, 21 -km to Konya Ereğli, is famous with its Hittite Relief Rock Monument. The rock relief, representing the King Warpalawas who reigned there 740-710 BC and the God Tarhunzas, is a 4.5-m high work. The king raises his fists up and offers his gratitude to the God, and the God holds a bunch of grapes in one hand and an ear of wheat in the other. In the inscriptions the King says so; “I planted wine saplings here when I was a small boy. The God protected them, and they now give us grapes.”

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