Located in the south central Anatolia, Konya is Turkey’s largest province with a population around of 2.2 million inhabitants. Since its foundations in the Hittite’s times this region has had significant importance as a trading and grain production centre. Today it is the most religiously conservative region in Turkey.
It is claimed that this region is one of the first inhabited places in the world by the humans. Throughout its history the region was inhabited by many ancient civilizations from Hittites to Persians, from Romans to Seljuks, and by the Ottomans whose have left remains of its culture that are still visible. One of the most remarkable things in this region was and is its religious role that for 800 years has been the birthplace of the Whirling Dervishes.