Taşpınar, Aksaray

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Taşpınar
Town
Taşpınar is located in Turkey
Taşpınar
Taşpınar
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 38°11′N 34°01′E / 38.183°N 34.017°E / 38.183; 34.017Coordinates: 38°11′N 34°01′E / 38.183°N 34.017°E / 38.183; 34.017
Country Turkey
ProvinceAksaray Province
Government
 • BodyTaşpınar Municipality
Elevation
1,050 m (3,445 ft)
Population
 (2009)
 • Total2,746
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Area code(s)0382

Taşpınar is a belde (town) in Aksaray Province, Turkey.

Geography[edit]

Taşpınar is in the Anatolian plateau, just west of Mount Hasan. The coordinates of the midtown can be given as 38°10′40″N 34°01′30″E / 38.17778°N 34.02500°E / 38.17778; 34.02500 The average altitude is 1,050 metres (3,440 ft). The population is 2746 (As of 2009) [1]

History[edit]

The earliest residents of the village were the members of a tribe from Azerbaijan in 1515. Eventually, people from nearby villages also settled in Taşpınar. Meanwhile, a group of Taşpınar residents chose to live in Hotamış, another town roughly 100 kilometres (62 mi) south west of Taşpınar. In 1957 Taşpınar was declared a seat of township.[2]

Economy[edit]

The main economic activity is handmade rugs. Taşpınar rugs are especially famous for their high density of knots. (40·40 in 10 cm² or more in older rugs.)[3] Although the town is situated in a volcanic plateau which is supposed to be fertile, because of the low annual rainfall, agricultural income is limited. Some Taşpınar residents work in the light industry of nearby Aksaray.

Transportation[edit]

Taşpınar is 27 kilometres (17 mi) south of Aksaray on the main highway D.750, from Ankara to Adana, which makes it almost the midpoint of D 90 high way.

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