The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük rises on a strange hill at the edge of the Carsamba River, on the Konya Plain in Central Anatolia. Discovered in the 1960s but dating back to 7,000 BC, this city was home to a community of 5,000 people. It bears witness to a still little known period. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since January 2012, Çatalhöyük is the site of many digs and a major attraction for tourists. It attests to the changes and social evolutions that took place between the 7th and 5th millenniums. Indeed, numerous traces of the beginning of agriculture, hunting, pottery and the first human settlements have been found here. Visiting the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük is like experiencing through 2,000 years of humanity.
The museum has one of the most beautiful collections of objects dating from the Pre-Christian Era: Greek vases, weapons, talismans, ceramins, etc.© Firdes Sayilan / 123RF
Konya stretches out over a large, steppe-like plain in central Turkey. Since the beginning of humanity it has a been veritable wheat basket.© Mehmet Can / AGEFotostock
The birthplace of Sufism, Konya, has a concentration of historical sites and monuments, such as the Alâeddin Mosque, the Karatay Medrese and the Archaeological Museum.© Steve Estvanik / 123RF
A large part of the objects in the Ankara Museum come from the Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk.© Violin/123RF
According to a Phrygian legend, Konya was the first city to emerge from the Great Flood. Regardless, though, the region was already inhabited as far back as 7000 BC.© Steve Estvanik / 123RF