Central Anatolia

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Central Anatolia

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Central Anatolia (Turkish: İç Anadolu) is a region of Turkey. It occupies country's central plateau, which is mostly a steppe.


  • Aksaray Province
  • Ankara Province
  • Çankiri Province
  • Eskişehir Province
  • Karaman Province
  • Kayseri Province
  • Kirikkale Province
  • Kırşehir Province
  • Konya Province
  • Nevşehir Province
  • Niğde Province
  • Sivas Province
  • Yozgat Province


  • Ankara— the second largest city in Turkey, capital of both the region and the whole country
  • Aksaray
  • Divrigi— site of elegant, Seljuq-built Great Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Eskişehir— a riverside university town with pleasent bridges and sculptures
  • Kayseri— large city near Mt. Erciyes, a wintersports resort
  • Konya— the site of Rumi's mausoleum
  • Kutahya— town famous for its tile/faience tradition since Ottoman times
  • Nevsehir— capital of Cappadocia
  • Sivas

Other destinations

  • Beypazari - old town with Ottoman architecture on the silk road near Ankara.
  • Bogazkale - an ancient Hittite city
  • Cappadocia - a land of "fairy chimneys" and underground cities.



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  • Most cities in the region, especially Konya, Kayseri, and Sivas, have a large number of Seljuq-built monuments, which are known for their majestic portals and exqisite stone masonry.
  • Tuz Gölü (literally Salt Lake) is located in the very centre of Central Anatolia, between Ankara, Konya, and Aksaray, and is Turkey's second largest lake after Lake Van, although only about 2 (yes, two) meters deep at most. During summer months, it literally evaporates and leaves behind a flat and completely white landscape, just like a salt desert. You can walk around or even harvest salt with your own hands. It's also a good spot for birdwatching as it's an important stop-over for migratory birds on their route from Europe to Africa and vice versa during spring and autumn. Don't forget to bring good shoes and sunglasses as the already-shiny sun reflects to eyes double stronger with the extra power it obtains from saltpan.





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