Many buildings around Alaaddin Hill in Konya were built during the reign of the Seljuk Sultan Izzeddin Keykavus II. The Ince Minaret Museum of Stone Works was also built by Vizier Sahip Ata Fahrettin Ali during the reign of the same sultan. The main purpose of the building was to teach the science of hadith, which is why it is also called Dârü’l-Hadîs. The year of construction is 1264.
Features of Ince Minaret Madrasa
Architecturally, it has a closed courtyard. It already belongs to the Closed Courtyard Madrasahs group as a madrasah type. The courtyard is closed by a dome. There is a small pool in the center of the courtyard and we see the dome on the pool, which is very aesthetically processed. There are also various artifacts exhibited in the places where the courtyard is located.
Information about Ince Minaret Madrasa
Although the madrasah continued to serve its purpose for many years with various restorations and repairs, it was put into service as the Museum of Stone and Wooden Works in 1956. In the museum, you can see dozens of window sashes, doors and cists carved with floral and geometric patterns reflecting the Seljuk period. Inscriptions and reliefs written with carving technique on stone and marble are also exhibited in the rooms opening to the courtyard.
In the garden of the museum, you can see tombstones and sarcophagi collected from Konya and its surroundings. You may have noticed that the minaret of the Ince Minaret Stone Works Museum is cut off. Although the original minaret had two balconies, a lightning strike struck here in 1901 and the minaret lost both of its balconies.
What are the entrance fee and visiting hours of Ince Minaret Madrasa?
The entrance to Ince Minaret Madrasa Stone and Wood Works Museum is paid and Müzekart is valid. The museum can be visited between 09:00 – 18:40 during the summer season and between 09:00 – 16:40 during the winter season, every day without a holiday.
Where is Ince Minaret Madrasa and how to get there?
The Madrasa is located next to Alaaddin Hill on Alaaddin Boulevard in Meram district of Konya province. There is only a road between it and the hill.