Aksaray

Aksaray

Things to do - general
Coordinates: 38°22′N 34°02′E
Country  Turkey
Region Central Anatolia
Province Aksaray
Government
 • Governor Şeref Ataklı
 • Mayor Haluk Sahin YAZGI (AKP)
Area
 • District 4,588.87 km2(1,771.77 sq mi)
Elevation 980 m (3,220 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Urban 186,599
 • District 270,528
 • District density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code 68xxx
Area code(s) 0382
Licence plate 68
Website www.aksaray.gov.tr
Country Turkey
Visa requirements

Aksaray is connected to all big cities of the country by bus.

As with the rest of the country, another common way of getting here is to use the buses. They arrive here frequently from Ankara, Konya , Nevşehir , and several other cities around Turkey.Also, you can go to Aksaray by own car.

Languages spokenTurkish
Currency usedTurkish lira (TRY)
Area (km2)4,589 km²

Sports & nature

You can visit Museum
You can go to the Kılıçarslan Park.It is Picnic Area
You can go to the Kültür Park
You can go to Ihlara Valley.
You can visit Art Gallery

Nightlife info

Ice Mar Cafe -- Located on Atatürk avenue, generally a quiet atmosphere that is good to take a few friends too.
Pickup Rock Bar -- Downstairs in the Cemalpasa area, this bar usually has live Turkish bands covering American rock on weekends. Closed early in the week, on the days that it is open, you can get in until late in the morning. Crowds usually start showing up around 11:30PM, the time the band starts playing. Efes on tap can be bought here for 6 TL a pint.
Nargile Bar -- A downtempo place located in New Aksaray, this is more for a young working class. Many of the patrons are between 20 and 30, and for the most part are out of university. Live Turkish music is played here almost every night, and Tuborg Green can be bought on tap for 4.50 TL a pint. Hours are generally 4PM to 3AM.

Culture and history info

Aksaray region was an important stopover along the Silk Road that crossed through Anatolia for centuries and the city of Aksaray has a long history.

The town of Garsaura was named Archelaïs (Greek: Ἀρχελαΐς) by Archelaus of Cappadocia, the last Cappadocian king. In Roman times, the town was known as Colonia (Κολώνεια) and was a bishopric and an important military centre, holding an imperial aplekton. Of its bishops, Euphrasius was at the First Council of Nicaea in 325, Bosporus (who is mentioned in correspondence of Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus) at the First Council of Constantinople in 381, Daniel at the Council of Ephesus in 431, Aristomachus (who was also a signatory of the letter of the bishops of the Roman province of Cappadocia Tertia, to which Colonia belonged, to Byzantine Emperor Leo I the Thracian about the killing of Proterius of Alexandria in 458) at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, Alexander at a council called by Patriarch Menas of Constantinople in 536, and Conon at the Trullan Council of 692.[6][7][8] No longer a residential bishopric, Colonia in Cappadocia is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[9] Colonia is also a titular metropolis in Turkey of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The town was also prosperous during Ottoman times due to its proximity to Tuz Gölü (Lake Tuz), which was a primary source of salt for Anatolia.[10]

The region came under the control of the Seljuk Turks after the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. The Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate they founded left important landmarks in and around Aksaray. The Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta who was in the region in the 14th century was impressed by the class of Muslim traders that had emerged in Aksaray and noted the urban centre as "a beautiful city, surrounded by waterways and gardens, with a water supply coming right to the houses of the city."

Aksaray was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1470 by the İshak Pasha, and many inhabitants of the city were relocated to Constantinople, recently captured by the Ottomans, where they were settled in a quarter of the city that came to be named Aksaray.

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