Sille, Konya

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Sille Subaşı is a small Turkish village, near the town of Konya.

A general view of the village in March 2013.
The former Greek Orthodox church of Archangelos Michael founded by Agia Eleni.
The inscription in Karamanli Turkish on the entrance of the former Greek Orthodox church of Archangelos Michael.

Sille Subaşı was one of the few villages where the Cappadocian Greek language was spoken until 1922. It was inhabited by Greeks who had been living there in peaceful coexistence with the nearby Turks of Konya for over 800 years.

The reason for this peaceful coexistence was Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, who was the witness of a miracle [1] that happened at the nearby Orthodox Christian monastery of Saint Chariton . In the Turkish language the monastery is now called Akmanastir and is translated as, "White Monastery". Jalal al-Din Rumi constructed a small mosque inside the Saint Chariton monastery;.[2] It is also notable that Jalal al-Din Rumi wrote Greek poems using the Arabic-Turkish scripting,[3][4] while Greek Sille villagers wrote Turkish using the Greek alphabet scripting. This form of writing spread across the region and was commonly known as Karamanli Turkish writing.

Mevlana asked the Turks never to hurt the Greeks of the village, and assigned to the Greek villagers the task of cleaning his own tomb. The Turks respected his commandment. In turbulent times, several firmans from the Sultan were sent to Konya Turks, which reminded them of their promise not to hurt the Sille villagers. The coexistence of Sille Greeks with the nearby Turks remained peaceful, which is why the villagers managed to preserve for over eight centuries both their native Greek language[5] and their Orthodox Christian religion.

In the population exchanges between Greece and Turkey (1923), Turkey and Greece decided to exchange population based on religion. After 1924, all Greek population had left the village.

Currently, the village is protected and renovation efforts were conducted for preservation and touristic purposes.

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References and notesEdit

  1. ^ "While Mevlana's own son was falling from this cliff, he was saved by the saint Khariton." M. SABRİ DOĞAN [1] [2]
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2014-10-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ Modern Greek in Asia Minor: A study of dialect of Silly, Cappadocia and Pharasa (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1916), by Richard MacGillivray Dawkins (1871–1955)

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Coordinates: 37°56′N 32°25′E / 37.933°N 32.417°E / 37.933; 32.417