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|• Mayor||Yaşar Bahçeci (AKP)|
|• District||1,677.67 km2 (647.75 sq mi)|
|• District Density||77/km2 (200/sq mi)|
Kırşehir, formerly Macissus (also spelled Mocissus and Mokissos, Μοκισσος in Greek) and Justinianopolis, is a city in Turkey. It is the capital district of the Kırşehir Province. According to 2000 census, population of the district is 121,947 of which 105,826 live in the city of Kırşehir.
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The history of Kırşehir dates back to the Hittites. During the period of the Hittites, the basin of Kırşehir was known as the country of "Ahiyuva". This basin also took the name Cappadocia at the time of the Romans and Byzantines.
Kırşehir was once known as Parnassos or Mokissos for the Greeks. The Romans called the city Macissus, and after the city was rebuilt by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian (527-565), it was renamed Justinianopolis. This name was retained until the end of Byzantine rule. The Turks took the city in 1071 and bestowed the current name. In Turkish, "Kır Şehri" means "steppe city" or "prairie city". It became the chief town of a sanjak in the Ottoman vilayet of Angora, which possessed 8000 inhabitants, most of them Muslims.
Under the Latin name Mocissus it remains a titular metropolitan see in the former Roman province of Cappadocia. Procopius (De ædif., V, iv) informs us that this fortified site, in north-western Cappadocia, was constituted metropolis of Cappadocia Tertia by Justinian, when he divided that province into three parts, and gave it the name of Justinianopolis. Nothing is known of its history, and its name should perhaps be written Mocessus. There is no doubt that the site of Mocissus, or Mocessus, is that which is occupied by the modern city of Kırşehir. This metropolis figured in the Notitiæ episcopatuum until the twelfth or thirteenth century. Only a few of its titulars are known: the earliest, Peter, attended the Council of Constantinople (536); the last, whose name is not known, was a Catholic, and was consecrated after the Council of Florence by Patriarch Metrophanes of Constantinople.
Kesikköprü is one of the bridges built by Seljuk Empire in Middle Anatolia. It is on the way of Kırşehir-Konya, about 20 km (12.43 mi) to the south of Kırşehir, and across the River Kızılırmak with its 13 parts.
In the inscription of bridge, it is written that the bridge was built by Atabeg İzzü’d-Din Muhammed in 646 of the Hegira/1248 of the Christian era during the rule of Keykavus, the son of Keyhüsrev.
The ones who came from İzmir and tried to reach Sivas and Erzurum from Tokat passed over Kesikköprü. We have learned that the inscription was sunken into the river in 1953. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it took the name of Kesikköprü due to the fact that caravan roads were invaded by the highwaymen.
The three-line instruction destroyed on stone base can hardly be read.
Ressame bi imaret hazihil el kantara el mübareke (fi eyyam han) devlet es sultan el azam İzzü-d dünya ve ‘d Din Ebul Feth Keykavus bin Keyhüsrev Burhan Emirel mü’münin.
El Mevla el sahibul azam atabek el muazzam nazım mesalih il alem nasır el enam zübdetil eyyam izzeddin ebul meli Muhammed zahir Ali Selçuk ve emiril mü’minil azzellahu nasrahu ve ala kadrehu fi şuhuri sene sitte ve arbain ve sitte mie hamiden lillah ve musallian ala nebiihi Muhammed ve alihi vesellem teslimen kesiran.
Kırşehir has a continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dsa) and semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk), with cold and snowy winters and hot and dry summers. Rainfall occurs mostly during the spring and autumn.
|Climate data for Kırşehir|
|Record high °C (°F)||17.2
|Average high °C (°F)||4.3
|Average low °C (°F)||−4.0
|Record low °C (°F)||−22.0
|Precipitation mm (inches)||41.9
|Avg. rainy days||12.0||10.7||10.8||11.9||11.8||7.2||3.1||2.1||3.7||7.2||9.3||12.3||102.1|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||93||114.8||170.5||198||269.7||324||368.9||353.4||288||217||153||96.1||2,646.4|
|Source: Devlet Meteoroloji İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü |
Famous people of Kırşehir
- Uğur Mumcu, investigative journalist
- Haşim Kılıç, current president of the Constitutional Court of Turkey
- Mustafa Bumin former president of the Constitutional Court of Turkey
- Lütfi Müfit Özdeş, politician
- Osman Bölükbaşı, politician
- Deniz Bölükbaşı, politician
- Nezaket Ekici, artist
- Muharrem Ertaş, folk musician
- Neşet Ertaş, folk poet
- Ahi Evren, preacher - died in Kırşehir
- Caca Bey, politician
- Asik Pasa, preacher, Turkish poet
- Silahdar Seyyid Mehmed Pasha 18th century Ottoman Grand Vizier
- "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "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.
- Turkish Statistical Institute. "Census 2000, Key statistics for urban areas of Turkey" (XLS) (in Turkish). Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- GeoHive. "Statistical information on Turkey's administrative units". Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc. "Geographical information on Kırşehir, Turkey". Retrieved 2008-03-18.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. web link
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- District governor's official website (English)
- District governor's official website (Turkish)
- District municipality's official website (Turkish)
- Kirsehir Portal (Turkish)