Aksaray Province

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Aksaray Province

Aksaray ili
Location of Aksaray Province in Turkey
Location of Aksaray Province in Turkey
RegionCentral Anatolie
 • Electoral destrictAksaray
 • Tot7,626 km2 (2,944 sq mi)
 • Tot396,673
 • Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Area code(s)0382
Vehicle registration68

Aksaray Province (Turkis: Aksaray ili) is a province in central Turkey. Its adjacent provinces are Konya alang the wast an sooth, Niğde tae the sootheast, Nevşehir tae the east, an Kırşehir tae the north. It covers an aurie o 7,626 km². The provincial caipital is the ceety o Aksaray.

This is a region o great naitural brawness: Aksaray is ane o the fower provinces in the hintle-visitit aurie o Cappadocia, alang wi Nevşehir, Niğde an Kayseri. An aw the 3,000m volcano Mount Hasan staunds atween Aksaray an Niğde. Simmers are het an dry on the plain, but the aurie is green an covered in flouers in waretime, when watter streams aff the muntainside. The 2400 km² salt lake, Tuz Gölü, lees athin the boondaries o Aksaray, a muckle aurie o swamp wi a maximum depth o 1 metre.

Destricts[eedit | eedit soorce]

Aksaray province is dividit intae 7 destricts (caipital destrict in bauld):

Etymologie[eedit | eedit soorce]

In antiquity the aurie wis namit Archelais Garsaura, which wis mutatit tae Taksara durin the Seljuk Turkish era, an then tae Aksaray.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Inner courtyard o the Sultanhanı caravanserai

The plains o central Anatolie hae been settled for 8,000 year. an the aurie aroond Aksaray bears monuments tae a string o ceevilisations that hae settled on the plain in that time. The moond o Aşıklı Höyük in the toun o Kızılkaya indicates a dounset datin back tae 5,000BC (an a skull o a wumman an aw who haed apparently been trepanned, the earliest kent record o brain surgery).

Later the Silk Road came throu here sae caravanserai an then muckler an muckler dounsets wur biggit tae supply an shelter travellers an traders. The ceety an surroondins o Aksaray thrivit in the Roman, Byzantine an the Turkis periods.

The day Aksaray is a rural, agricultural province, its fowk releegious an conservative. Syne the 1950s mony hae muivit tae Europe as migrant wirkers. The population o Aksaray haes lang includit a heicher proportion o Kurdish fowk than maist central Anatolie provinces. Mony o them wur resettled here frae Tunceli an ither eastren ceeties follaein the Sheikh Said rebellion in the 1920s.[2]

Places o interest[eedit | eedit soorce]

A view frae Ihlara valley, Aksaray
  • Aşıklı Höyük - a burial moond 25 km east o the ceety o Aksaray.
  • Acemhöyük - an early Bronze Age dounset, 18 km north-wast o the ceety o Aksaray.
  • The auncient ceety o Nora, in the veelage o Helvadere near the ceety o Aksaray.

an a great nummer o historical mosques an kirns

  • Ihlara valley - a canyon, 40 km frae the ceety o Aksaray, in the destrict o Güzelyurt
  • Taşpınar - famous for rugs, 27 kilometre (17 mi) sooth o Aksaray

See an aw[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  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 Archived 2007-05-03 at Archive.today

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