Kahramanmaraş Province

Coordinates: 37°53′54″N 36°58′16″E / 37.89833°N 36.97111°E / 37.89833; 36.97111
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Kahramanmaraş Province
Yeşilgöz, Kahramanmaraş
Yeşilgöz, Kahramanmaraş
Location of the province within Turkey
Location of the province within Turkey
 • MayorHayrettin Güngör (AKP)
 • ValiMükerrem Ünlüer
14,520 km2 (5,610 sq mi)
 • Density81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (TRT)
Area code0344

Kahramanmaraş Province (Turkish: Kahramanmaraş ili) is a province and metropolitan municipality of Turkey. Its area is 14,520 km2,[2] and its population is 1,177,436 (2022).[1] Its provincial capital is the city of Kahramanmaraş, and the traffic code is 46.


Köppen map of Kahramanmaraş Province and surrounding regions:[3]
  •   BSk
  •   Csa
  •   Dsa
  •   Dsb
  •   Dsc

Making up 1.83 % of Turkey's land area, Kahramanmaraş is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude.[4]

The majority of the province with around 60% of the total area is covered with mountains, being followed by plateaus and plains. Most of the mountains in the province is part of the Southeastern Taurus Mountain range. Due to the low tree line most of the highest areas are bare, but lower regions have forests.[5]

Southern parts of the province has a hot-summer type Mediterranean climate (Csa), including the administrative center of Kahramanmaraş. Northern parts of the province show the characteristics of a continental climate (Dsa and Dsb).[5] At the northernmost parts of the province lays the Elbistan Plain, where the town and district of Elbistan is located. It has a cold semi arid climate.

Ceyhan River is the most important river in the province. Lake Kumaşır, along with some small crater lakes on the Nurhak and Ahir mountains makes the only natural body of water in the province, though there are multiple dam reservoirs such as Dam Lake Menzelet.[5]

Kahramanmaraş City


More than 12,600 residents of Kahramanmaraş province were killed during the 6 February 2023 earthquakes. Both earthquakes had epicenters in the province.[6] Many large towns and cities including Elbistan had buildings collapsed.[7]


Districts of the Kahramanmaraş Province
The population of the province in 2012.

Kahramanmaraş province is divided into 11 districts (İlçe):[8]


Air pollution in Turkey is a persistent issue and has been linked to the usage of coal-fired power plants, such as the Afşin-Elbistan power stations.[9]


Kahramanmaraş has historically been famous for its gold. The textile industry in Kahramanmaraş has only recently developed and mainly operates through the use of machinery.


The Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University is a recently founded university supplying social, language and technical sciences as well as medical education.[10]


The province's most famous culinary specialty is Dondurma, also called "Maraş ice cream", available in specialist Ice Cream shops throughout Turkey. The ice cream has an elastic consistency and is served with knife and fork, often accompanied by a slice of baklava. It melts in the mouth while chewed, with a consistency similar to bubble gum.

Maraş red peppers (Turkish: kırmızı biber) are also well known for its aroma, Vitamin C content, and moderate hotness. Maraş pepper is different from far-east chilies as dried with support of Scientific Investigations and Universities which contains no aflatoxin and no diseases.

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  1. ^ a b "Address-based population registration system (ADNKS) results dated 31 December 2022, Favorite Reports" (XLS). TÜİK. Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  2. ^ "İl ve İlçe Yüz ölçümleri". General Directorate of Mapping. Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  3. ^ "Present and future Köppen-Geiger climate classification maps at 1-km resolution". Nature Scientific Data. DOI:10.1038/sdata.2018.214.
  4. ^ GLHN (2022-07-23). "Kahramanmaraş - Coğrafya". Gülhan Sözlük (in Turkish). Retrieved 2023-02-06.
  5. ^ a b c "Kahramanmaraş'ın Coğrafyası | Kahramanmaraş Büyükşehir Belediyesi". kahramanmaras.bel.tr. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  6. ^ Nur, Dilek (2 March 2023). "Kahramanmaraş'ta Depremlerde 12 Bin 622 Kişi Hayatını Kaybetti!" [12 Thousand 622 People Lost Their Lives in the Earthquakes in Kahramanmaraş!]. Haber46. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  7. ^ Chacar, Henriette; Abdallah, Issam (13 February 2023). "As hopes fade for quake survivors, people try to salvage what they can". Reuters. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  8. ^ Büyükşehir İlçe Belediyesi, Turkey Civil Administration Departments Inventory. Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  9. ^ Kara Rapor 2020: Hava Kirliliği ve Sağlık Etkileri [Black Report 2020: Air Pollution and Health Effects] (Report) (in Turkish). Right to Clean Air Platform Turkey. August 2020.
  10. ^ "Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam Üniversitesi". www.ksu.edu.tr. Retrieved 2023-02-07.

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