Ermenek

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Ermenek
District
Location of Ermenek within Turkey.
Location of Ermenek within Turkey.
Ermenek is located in Turkey
Ermenek
Ermenek
Location of Ermenek within Turkey.
Coordinates: 36°38′N 32°53′E / 36.633°N 32.883°E / 36.633; 32.883
Country  Turkey
Province Karaman
Government
 • Mayor Necati Akpınar (AKP)
Area[1]
 • District 1,498.68 km2 (578.64 sq mi)
Elevation 1,196 m (3,924 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 11,038
 • District 30,057
 • District density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 70xxx
Area code(s) 0338
Licence plate 70
Website www.ermenek.gov.tr

Ermenek is a town and district of Karaman Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. The district forms the core of the plateau region Taşeli. According to 2000 census, population of the district is 42,643 of which 15,509 live in the town of Ermenek.[3][4]

Name[edit]

The town was historically known as Germanicopolis (Greek: Γερμανικόπολις) and possibly Clibanus;[5] It was also known as Armenak (Armenian: Առմենակ) owing to its now former Armenian population. Ermenek is the Turkish rendering of Armenak.

History[edit]

Germanicopolis was a town in ancient Isauria. (Hierocl. p. 709; Concil. Chalced. p. 659; Const. Porphyr. de Them. i. 13.) The city took its name from Germanicus, grandson of Augustus.

Four of its bishops are known during the Byzantine government: Tyrannus, 451; Eustathius, 797; Basil, 878 (Le Quien, Or. christ., II, 1027); and Bisulas in the sixth century (Brooks, Sixth Book of the Letters of Severus, 13, 26, 80). The crusaders sustained a great defeat near the city in 1098. It passed to the Turkic dynasty of the Karamanids and became a centre of the Avşar Turks in 1228. During the Karamanid period, many of Ermenek's historical Mosques were constructed - Akca Mosque (1300), the Ulu Cami (1302), the Sipas Mosque (1306) and the Meydan mosque (1436). It was later incorporated into the Ottoman Empire who made it part of the Karaman Province where it was the second most important town after Karaman itself.

Geography[edit]

Villages in the Ermenek district include:

Notable natives[edit]

  • Lütfi Elvan (born 1962), mining engineer, politician and government minister

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  3. ^ Turkish Statistical Institute. "Census 2000, Key statistics for urban areas of Turkey" (XLS) (in Turkish). Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  4. ^ GeoHive. "Statistical information on Turkey's administrative units". Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  5. ^ Richard Talbert, Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, (ISBN 0-691-03169-X), Map 66 & text.

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Coordinates: 36°38′20″N 32°53′33″E / 36.63889°N 32.89250°E / 36.63889; 32.89250