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For other places with the same name, see Karacasu (disambiguation).
Karacasu is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 37°43′51″N 28°36′22″E / 37.73083°N 28.60611°E / 37.73083; 28.60611Coordinates: 37°43′51″N 28°36′22″E / 37.73083°N 28.60611°E / 37.73083; 28.60611
Country Turkey
Province Aydın
District Karacasu
 • Mayor Mustafa BÜYÜKYAPICI
 • Kaymakam Ahmet Gencer
 • District 790.36 km2 (305.16 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 6,524
 • District 19,936
 • District density 25/km2 (65/sq mi)
Post code 09370
Website www.aydinkaracasu.bel.tr

Karacasu is a town and a district of Aydın Province in the Aegean region of Turkey, 87 km (54 mi) from the city of Aydın.

Formerly known as "Yenişehir", Karacasu is reached by turning off the Aydın - Denizli road south-east at Kuyucak and following the Dandalaz River upstream into the hills. The road is windy and the surrounding countryside is planted with olives, citrus fruits and as you get higher up, pines.

The ruins of the ancient city of Aphrodisias are located within the boundaries of Karacasu, near the small town of Geyre. The area was first settled in the Bronze Age and reached its peak in the Roman and Byzantine eras as a centre of marble working. The ruins include a stadium, Temple of Aphrodite, theatre, agora and a bath with the heating system still visible. The city also contains the grave of archaeologist Kenan Erim of New York University who did so much to excavate the site.

The district is also notable for its rich emery mines.

Karacasu itself is a small town of nearly 6,000 people, and is thought to be the site of the lost city of Gordiouteichos.


  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.