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A view of the large low mound that is in the center of downtown Konya (biblical Iconium).  It is called "Alaeddin Hill."  This area of the city was settled during many periods over the centuries—although it has not been excavated.  Presumably a portion of Roman (= biblical) Iconium lies buried within this mound.

Today it serves as a park.

Iconium (modern Konya) is located 150 mi. [250 km.] south of Ankara and about 100 mi. [165 km.] east of Pisidian Antioch — via the road system. Paul and Barnabas visited the city on Paul's first missionary journey (Acts 13:51–14:7). Here they preached in the synagogue and then the city.  After about three months the opposition became so great that they had to flee for their lives to Lystra and Derbe. Paul revisited the city on his second (Acts 16:2) and probably third journeys.