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Aksaray Province
Aksaray ili
Province of Turkey
Location of Aksaray Province in Turkey
Location of Aksaray Province in Turkey
Country Turkey
Region Central Anatolia
Capital Aksaray
 • Total 7,626 km2 (2,944 sq mi)
Population (2010-12-31)[1]
 • Total 377,505
 • Density 50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Area code(s) 0382
Vehicle registration 68

Aksaray Province (Turkish: Aksaray ili) is a province in central Turkey. Its adjacent provinces are Konya along the west and south, Niğde to the southeast, Nevşehir to the east, and Kırşehir to the north. It covers an area of 7,626 km². The provincial capital is the city of Aksaray.

This is a region of great natural beauty: Aksaray is one of the four provinces in the much-visited area of Cappadocia, along with Nevşehir, Niğde and Kayseri. Also the 3,000m volcano Mount Hasan stands between Aksaray and Niğde. Summers are hot and dry on the plain, but the area is green and covered in flowers in springtime, when water streams off the mountainside. The 2400 km² salt lake, Tuz Gölü, lies within the boundaries of Aksaray, a large area of swamp with a maximum depth of 1 metre.


Aksaray province is divided into 7 districts (capital district in bold):


In antiquity the area was named Archelais Garsaura, which was mutated to Taksara during the Seljuk Turkish era, and then to Aksaray.


Inner courtyard of the Sultanhanı caravanserai

The plains of central Anatolia have been settled for 8,000 years. and the area around Aksaray bears monuments to a string of civilisations that have settled on the plain in that time. The mound of Aşıklı Höyük in the town of Kızılkaya indicates a settlement dating back to 5,000BC (and also a skull of a woman who had apparently been trepanned, the earliest known record of brain surgery).

Later the Silk Road came through here so caravanserai and then larger and larger settlements were built to supply and shelter travellers and traders. The city and surroundings of Aksaray thrived in the Roman, Byzantine and the Turkish periods.

Today Aksaray is a rural, agricultural province, its people religious and conservative. Since the 1950s many have moved to Europe as migrant workers. The population of Aksaray has long included a higher proportion of Kurdish people than most central Anatolian provinces. Many of them were resettled here from Tunceli and other eastern cities following the Sheikh Said rebellion in the 1920s.[2]

Places of interest[edit]

A view from Ihlara valley, Aksaray
  • Aşıklı Höyük - a burial mound 25 km east of the city of Aksaray.
  • Acemhöyük - an early Bronze Age settlement, 18 km north-west of the city of Aksaray.
  • The ancient city of Nora, in the village of Helvadere near the city of Aksaray.

and a great number of historical mosques and churches

  • Ihlara valley - a canyon, 40 km from the city of Aksaray, in the district of Güzelyurt
  • Taşpınar - famous for rugs, 27 kilometres (17 mi) south of Aksaray

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turkish Statistical Institute, MS Excel document – Population of province/district centers and towns/villages and population growth rate by provinces
  2. ^ TÜRK OTAĞI || Türkçüler ve Türkçülük

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°25′51″N 33°51′44″E / 38.43083°N 33.86222°E / 38.43083; 33.86222

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Tire Business
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:11:57 -0700

$290 million for a passenger tire plant in Aksaray Province Organized Industrial Zone, Turkey, with capacity of about 13,000 units a day, due on stream by early 2018. Brisa is a joint venture between Bridgestone Corp. and Turkish industrial ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:06:49 -0700

c $290 million for a passenger tire plant in Aksaray Province Organized Industrial Zone, Turkey, with capacity of about 13,000 units a day, due on stream by early 2018. Brisa is a joint venture between Bridgestone Corp. and Turkish industrial ...
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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 06:39:28 -0700

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Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:20:07 -0700

“Therefore, to meet demand, a new greenfield factory will open in 2017,” she adds. This facility, in Turkey's Aksaray Province, is being built with an investment of around US$300 million and will have an annual capacity of close to 4.2 million ...
Hurriyet Daily News
Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:11:59 -0700

More and more tourists are visiting Güzelyurt in Aksaray province to the west of Cappadocia to learn about the cultural heritage of the 250-year-old arched stone mansions which have been transformed into boutique hotels. Güzelyurt area is an important ...
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Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:25:09 -0700

ISTANBUL (Oct. 4, 2013) — Turkish tire maker Brisa Bridgestone Sabancı Lastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. has picked a site in Aksaray Province, in central Turkey, where it plans to build a $290 million passenger tire plant, due on stream in early 2018 ...


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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:06:25 -0800

In order to meet future tire demand, in addition to our Kocaeli plant, which has an annual production capacity of 10 million units tire, we have already approved the construction of a second plant within Aksaray Province's Organized Industrial Zone ...

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