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Karaman is not only a city of agriculture and industry. With its rich historical background and natural beauty, it is also a tourism destination. Taking place among the most ancient settlements of Turkey, Karaman meets us with a vestiges from the ancient era. It is also possible to run into traces of ancient civilizations, since Karaman is the cradle of hundreds of mounds some of them stil untouched. Also a significant city in regard to belief culture, Karaman accommodates Derbe which is mentioned in the Bible and which has not just been visited multiple times but also live in by Paul the Apostle and is an important place in terms of the Christian belief today within its borders. Carrying its values without losing to future, Karaman is a kind of bridge between the past and the future with its castle, squares, concept of modern city planning and historical fabric. Located at the travel route of tourism centers Konya, Antalya and Cappadocia; Karaman has also an important place in terms of hospitality industry investments.



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Historic Sites

BİNBİR CHURCH: (Siderepolis, Lystra) It is the first basilica and the biggest structure in Binbir Church ruins. It was first constructed around 500 A.D. Here, the traces of basilicas, cisterns and houses of the Byzantium period can easily be seen

MADENŞEHIR CHURCHES: Madenşehir Ruins on top of Karadağ, a volcanic mountain in the north of Karaman city, is today located within the borders of a village called also as Madenşehir.





KARAMAN CASTLE
The Karaman Castle, located in Karaman city center, is considered to be built at the end of 11.century and completed in the beginning of 12.century. It has three nested walls. These walls are named as exterior, middle and interior citadels. The interior citadel on the tumulus has stood in good condition and managed to reach today. Some parts of the middle citadel surrounding the tumulus also remained standing. This citadel was renovated in the Selçuklu period and once again in the period when Karamanoğlu conquered the city. The Ottomans renovated the interior citadel in 1465. In this renovation, the previously ruined tablets and architectural pieces were used on the main outer wall of the castle. The interior castle was built on the tumulus that bore traces of Bronze Age, the Roman and Byzantium era. The interior citadel is composed of 9 towers, four of them are circular and five of them are quadrangular.