For places in Azerbaijan, see Qədirli.
Coordinates: 37°22′11″N 36°06′00″E / 37.36972°N 36.10000°E / 37.36972; 36.10000Coordinates: 37°22′11″N 36°06′00″E / 37.36972°N 36.10000°E / 37.36972; 36.10000
Country Turkey
Province Osmaniye
  Mayor Ömer Tarhan (MHP)
  Kaymakam Necip Çakmak
  District 1,075.19 km2 (415.13 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
  Urban 83,618
  District 117,124
  District density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Post code 80750
Website www.kadirli.bel.tr

Kadirli (formerly called Kars, and possibly the ancient Flavias or Flaviopolis, Φλαβιόπολη in Ancient greek), is a town and district of Osmaniye Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. It is located in the Çukurova plain, 90 kilometres (56 miles) from the large city of Osmaniye. Population is 84,618(urban) and 120,950 (including rural areas) (2013 census).


The Cilicia/Çukurova plain is rich farmland and is also a place of strategic importance on an important trade route between the Middle East and Anatolia. It has therefore been settled since the time of the Hittites and many civilisations have owned the land since: Assyrians, Romans (he Roman city of Flavius may have been located here), Byzantines, Armenians and finally Turks. The most prominent group of Turks to settle here were the Dulkadir lords, semi-autonomous barons during the Ottoman era, who ruled Gaziantep, Kahramanmaraş and Hatay for two centuries. They were routed when the land was brought under Ottoman control by Yavuz Sultan Selim I in 1517.

Kadirli was occupied by French forces at the end of the First World War under the terms of the armistice signed by the Ottoman Empire. The French forces were resisted by local elements and eventually withdrew from the town in March 1920. Kadirli was a district (ilçe) in Kozan province between 1923-1926 and in Adana Province between 1926-1995.In 1996, the province of Osmaniye province being connected to Osmaniye.

Kadirli today

Kadirli is a small town providing the basic infrastructure, such as shops and schools, to an area of rich farmland, which produces grain and 75% of Turkey's radishes. There are two reservoirs for irrigating the area. There is small scale industry.

In the summertime, families move to the uplands of Taurus Mountains, mainly Plateau Maksutolugu, adjacent to Kahramanmaraş because of hot weather in a general manner, also working people staying in town join their families in the weekends. In recent times, inhabitants also prefer to spend their summertime at the sea side in Yumurtalık and Mersin during hot season as an alternative of moving to plateau.

In Kadirli, there is a vocational college[3] connected with the Korkut Ata University, Osmaniye. The college offers two educational programs: Computer Programming and Industrial Electronics since 1997.

Places of interest

There are many archaeological and touristic sites nearby such as:

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. Korkut Ata University Academic Units
  4. Karatepe/Aslantas Neo-Hittite Open Air Museum
  5. The Alacami
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