Castle of Şereflikoçhisar


Location of Şereflikoçhisar within Turkey.

Location of Şereflikoçhisar within Turkey.

Coordinates: 38°57′N 33°33′E / 38.950°N 33.550°E / 38.950; 33.550
Country  Turkey
Province Ankara
  District governor Erol Karaömeroğlu
  Municipality mayor Ferda Polat (Ak Party)
  District 2,127.79 km2 (821.54 sq mi)
Elevation 900-1,200 m (2,950-3,940 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
  Urban 28,453
  District 35,042
  District density 16/km2 (43/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 06xxx
Area code(s) 0312
Licence plate 06
Website www.sereflikochisar.gov.tr

Şereflikoçhisar is a town and district of Ankara Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, 148 km south of the city of Ankara. According to 2010 census, population of the district is 35898 of which 29,091 live in the town of Şereflikoçhisar and the remainder in surrounding villages.[3][4] The district covers an area of 2,034 km², and the average elevation varies between 900 and 1,200 m, with the highest point being Mt. Karasenir at 1,650 m.

The area is a flat dry plain, the only water being Hirfanlı reservoir and the salt lake Lake Tuz. The countryside is inhospitable, with minerals extracted from the salt lake being a major source of income. Therefore, the rural population is migrating to nearby towns or abroad. Şereflikoçhisar is trying to become an independent province from Ankara and "we want to be a city" graffiti can be seen in the town.


The name derives from the Seljuk Turkish castle of Koçhisar. The prefix Şerefli meaning "honourable" was added by Atatürk in recognition of the men of the town lost at the battle of Gallipoli.


Şereflikoçhisar is believed to have been inhabited since the time of the Hittites and was a thriving town in the Seljuk and Ottoman Empire periods.

Administrative structure



  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. Statistical Institute
  4. GeoHive. "Statistical information on Turkey's administrative units". Retrieved March 26, 2008.


Coordinates: 38°56′40″N 33°32′31″E / 38.94444°N 33.54194°E / 38.94444; 33.54194

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