Zara, Turkey

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Zara
Zara is located in Turkey
Zara
Zara
Coordinates: 39°53′42″N 37°45′11″E / 39.89500°N 37.75306°E / 39.89500; 37.75306Coordinates: 39°53′42″N 37°45′11″E / 39.89500°N 37.75306°E / 39.89500; 37.75306
Country Turkey
ProvinceSivas
Government
 • MayorFatih Celik (MHP)
 • KaymakamBahattin Alp Arslanköylü
Area
 • District2,578.01 km2 (995.38 sq mi)
Elevation
1,350 m (4,430 ft)
Population
 (2012)[2]
 • Urban
11,945
 • District
23,084
 • District density9.0/km2 (23/sq mi)
Post code
587xx
Websitewww.zara.bel.tr

Zara is a town and a district of Sivas Province of Turkey. The mayor is Fatih Celik (MHP). The town is 70 km. (appr. 45 miles) away from Sivas downtown.

History[edit]

In antiquity, Zara (Ancient Greek: Ζάρα) was a town in the northern part of Armenia Minor, or perhaps more correctly in Pontus, on the road from Caesarea to Satala, and at the same time on that from Arabissus to Nicopolis.[3]

Economy[edit]

Historically, silver was extracted from lead in Zara. Coal, asbestos, and arsenic were also produced in the area.[4]

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.
  3. ^ It. Ant. pp. 182, 207, 213.
  4. ^ Prothero, G.W. (1920). Armenia and Kurdistan. London: H.M. Stationery Office. pp. 74–75.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Zara". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.