Feke

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Feke
Feke is located in Turkey
Feke
Feke
Coordinates: 37°48′54″N 35°54′45″E / 37.81500°N 35.91250°E / 37.81500; 35.91250Coordinates: 37°48′54″N 35°54′45″E / 37.81500°N 35.91250°E / 37.81500; 35.91250
Country Turkey
Province Adana
Government
 • Mayor Ahmet Sel (MHP)
 • Kaymakam Bünyamin Kuş
Area[1]
 • District 1,227.13 km2 (473.80 sq mi)
Elevation 620 m (2,030 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 4,608
 • District 18,055
 • District density 15/km2 (38/sq mi)
Post code 01660
Website www.feke.bel.tr

Feke (Armenian: Վահկա) is a small city and a district in Adana Province of Turkey, 122 km from the city of Adana, 620m above sea-level, a small town on attractive forested mountainside. The current mayor is Ahmet Sel (MHP).

History[edit]

The area was settled by the Hittites in the 16th century BC, the Persians in the 6th century BC, conquered by Alexander the Great in 333 BC, and later passed into the hands of the Romans and Byzantines. Feke commands a pass across the Taurus mountains directly north of Adana, and a castle was built here in the Byzantine period. The name then was Vahka and has since mutated to today's spelling Feke. Since the 10th century AD the Byzantine government had forcibly settled Armenians into Cilicia to act as guards on that frontier with Syria. With the collapse of Byzantine rule in Asia Minor after the Battle of Manzikert it fell upon the Armenians in Cilicia to defend themselves and this they did from castles such as Feke. It became an important stronghold of the Rubenid Dynasty, who later became the rulers of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. It was captured by the Mameluks and then the Ottomans.

References[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. 

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