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also known as: Claudiconium, Colonia Aelia Hadriana, Konya, Konieh, Konia and Koniah

This is the capital of ancient Lycaonia (now south-central Turkey).

It was first visited by Paul and Barnabas from Antioch-in-Pisidia during the apostle’s first missionary journey (Acts 13:50-51). Here they were persecuted by the Jews, and being driven from the city, they fled to Lystra. This was about 47–48 AD.

They afterwards returned to Iconium, and encouraged the church which had been founded there (14:21-22).

It was probably again visited by Paul during his third missionary journey along with Silas (Acts 18:23).

This area has been under the rule of…

During the Roman period its name was changed to Claudiconium by Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. Later, during the reign of emperor Hadrianus it was known as Colonia Aelia Hadriana.

The modern name of Iconium is Konya, Turkey (aka Konieh, Konia or Koniah). It is at the foot of Mount Taurus, about 120 miles inland from the Mediterranean.

Modern Konya in the Konya province, Republic of Turkey, the site of ancient Iconium of Lycaonia—satellite view

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Article Version: May 22, 2024