|— Province of Turkey —|
|• Total||16,917 km2 (6,532 sq mi)|
|• Density||73/km2 ( 190/sq mi)|
|Per capita income||10,488 TL (52nd; 2011)|
The Kayseri Province (Turkish: Kayseri ili), in central Turkey, is an area that has been linked with mythological stories as well as important figures in Turkish history. It is located in Anatolia, and surrounded by the Mount Erciyes, the Mount Hasan and the Mount Ali. The Ali mountain is named like that in honor of Ali Baba, who is said to have lived in the area.
Kayseri province is divided into 16 districts (capital district in bold):
Kayseri was first known as the city of Masaka. Later, during the Roman period, the province's name was changed to Kaesarea, then Kayzer before becoming known with its modern name of Kayseri. Danishmend Gazi conquered Kayseri in 1084. The Seljuk Empire then modernised the province, with new buildings and mosques being built around. During this period, the Şifahane, Kayseri's first hospital, and perhaps the first hospital in all of Anatolia, was built. It was built in honor of Princess Gevher Nesibe Hatun, daughter of the Sultan. She died of a disease at a young age. Construction of the hospital was completed in 1206.
Later on, Kayseri became a cultural mecca of poets, artists in Turkey. Seyyid Burhaneddin lived there, and so did others such as Kadı Burhaneddin and Seyrani, among many others. Seynari was born in 1807. Sinan the Great, an Ottoman architect, was also from Kayseri.
In 1919, Atatürk chose Kayseri as his new home.
Transportation in Kayseri
The madrasah of Sahabiye in Kayseri
- Turkish Statistical Institute, MS Excel document – Population of province/district centers and towns/villages and population growth rate by provinces
- "İşte Türkiye'nin en zengin illeri" [Here is the richest provinces of Turkey]. Kuzey Ekspres Gazetesi (in Turkish). 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Kayseri Province|
- (Turkish) Kayseri governor's official website
- (English) Kayseri municipality's official website
- (English) Kayseri weather forecast information
- Pictures of the capital of Kayseri province and its sights
- (Turkish) Large Kayseri History