Göktepe

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Göktepe
(Fariske)
Town
Göktepe is located in Turkey
Göktepe
Göktepe
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 36°38′N 32°37′E / 36.633°N 32.617°E / 36.633; 32.617Coordinates: 36°38′N 32°37′E / 36.633°N 32.617°E / 36.633; 32.617
Country  Turkey
Province Karaman Province
District Sarıveliler
Belde (town) 1956
Government
 • Body Göktepe Municipality
Elevation 1,335 m (4,380 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 2,071
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 70400
Area code(s) 0338
Licence plate 70

Göktepe (former Fariske) is a belde (town) in Karaman Province, Turkey.

Geography[edit]

Göktepe is a belde (town) in Sarıveliler district which is a part of Karaman Province. At 36°38′N 32°37′E / 36.633°N 32.617°E / 36.633; 32.617 it is a mountain town in the Toros Mountains with an altitude of 1,600 metres (5,200 ft). Göktepe is quite detached from the main highways. The distance to Karaman is 170 kilometres (110 mi). The population was 2071[1] as of 2009.

History[edit]

There are ruins, caves, and tombs which show that the vicinity of the town was inhabited during the time of the Roman Empire.[citation needed] During the Ottoman Empire, the town was mentioned in the 17th century Seyahatname (travel book) of Evliya Çelebi.[citation needed] In 1956, Göktepe was declared a township.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

Göktepe is a typical agricultural town. Main crops are apples, grapes, cherries and walnuts.[2]

Future[edit]

According to Sustainable development report prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (Turkey) the projected population of Göktepe in 2025 is 10000. The present master plan of the town is found to be insufficient for the future expansion. A new plan is proposed for the future.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistical Institude page
  2. ^ Mayor's page (in Turkish)
  3. ^ Mersin Karaman Bölgesi Planlama Bölgesi Çevre Düzeni Planı, TC Çevre ve Orman Bakanlığı p.35