A panorama of Gülşehir

Location of Gülşehir within Turkey.

Location of Gülşehir within Turkey.

Coordinates: 38°45′N 34°37′E / 38.750°N 34.617°E / 38.750; 34.617
Country  Turkey
Region Central Anatolia
Province Nevşehir
  Governor Mesut Yakuta
  Mayor Vahdi ARISOY (MHP)
  District 955.80 km2 (369.04 sq mi)
Elevation 885 m (2,904 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
  Urban 8,932
  District 23,437
  District density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 50xxx
Area code(s) 0384
Licence plate 50
Climate Csb
Website www.gulsehir.gov.tr

Gülşehir, formerly Arapsun, ancient Zoropassos (Ancient Greek: Ζωρόπασος), is a town and district of Nevşehir Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, in the vicinity of the Fairy Chimney valley of Göreme. According to 2010 census, population of the district is 24,503 of which 8,866 live in the town of Gülşehir, and the remainder in surrounding villages.[3][4] The district covers an area of 956 km2 (369 sq mi),[5] and the average elevation is 885 m (2,904 ft).


The old name of Gülşehir, situated on the southern bank of the Kızıl River, 20 km from Nevşehir, is Arapsun and in ancient times it was called “Zoropassos” by the Hittites. In the vicinity of Gülşehir there are still rocks and steles with inscriptions from the Hittites.

The Ottoman Grand Vizier Karavezir Mehmet Seyyid Pasha did the same thing in Gülşehir as Damat İbrahim Pasha did in the nearby Nevşehir and a külliye was built in the town which had only 30 houses. The complex consisted of a mosque, a madrasah and a fountain.

The pottery, located completely inside an artificial cave deep in the rock, is a local tourist attraction.

See also


  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 2008-04-09.
  5. Statoids. "Statistical information on districts of Turkey". Retrieved 2008-04-12.


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Coordinates: 38°44′47″N 34°37′14″E / 38.74639°N 34.62056°E / 38.74639; 34.62056

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