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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
Subregion Kırıkkale
Government
 • Electoral district Aksaray
Area
 • 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.

Districts[edit]

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

Etymology[edit]

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

History[edit]

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]

References[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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Today's Zaman

Today's Zaman
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Another 16 people were injured early on Sunday morning when the driver of a pickup truck carrying a group of agricultural workers lost control and the vehicle overturned in the Eskil district of Aksaray province. In another incident, 11 people ...

Today's Zaman

Today's Zaman
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:33:45 -0700

Hundreds of police candidates at the Aksaray Police Vocational High School in Aksaray province were prevented from becoming officers only one week before graduation, after being given an oral test that was introduced by an internal security law earlier ...

Press TV

Press TV
Sat, 02 May 2015 02:15:37 -0700

A new video shows the deputy chief of the police department in Turkey's central Aksaray province mistreating a journalist during May Day demonstrations. The video uploaded on Turkey's Today Zaman daily on Friday showed Ömer Parıltı attacking a press ...
 
Today's Zaman
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:56:04 -0800

Speaking to the press, Candan noted that the fixed costs of the complex would pay the monthly expenses of all the houses in the central province of Aksaray. “The money collected from the residents of Aksaray province for their electricity and natural ...

Today's Zaman

Today's Zaman
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -0700

Aksoy specifically mentioned that prosecutor İsmail Uçar must be listed as a suspect in addition because he was the public prosecutor in Aksaray province in 2010, and he ordered the police to detain 22 people across the province who were suspected of ...

Today's Zaman

Today's Zaman
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09:52:30 -0700

Monthly expenditure of Ak Saray equal that of Aksaray province. The monthly electricity, water, natural gas, heating, cooling and cleaning bills for the new presidential palace are around TL 21 million in total. Broken down, the cooling bill is around ...

Hurriyet Daily News

Hurriyet Daily News
Wed, 13 May 2015 05:22:30 -0700

“We are glad to do business in Turkey as we have always been welcomed by all governments in Turkey. We employ 5,700 people in our bus production facilities in Istanbul and our in truck company in the Aksaray province,” he added. He added that over 400 ...
 
Tire Business
Fri, 15 May 2015 06:41:15 -0700

37 tire maker worldwide in 2013, broke ground in 2014 on a $300 million car and light truck tire plant in Aksaray Province, which is expected on stream in 2018 with a nameplate capacity of 4.2 million units a year. The plant will cover 129,100 square ...
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