Location of Vezirköprü

Coordinates: 41°09′00″N 35°27′01″E / 41.15000°N 35.45028°E / 41.15000; 35.45028Coordinates: 41°09′00″N 35°27′01″E / 41.15000°N 35.45028°E / 41.15000; 35.45028
Country  Turkey
Region Black Sea
Province Samsun Province
  Mayor İbrahim Sadık Edis (AKP)
  District 1,799.65 km2 (694.85 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
  Urban 28,807
  District 102,212
  District density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 55900
Area code(s) (0090)+ 362
Vehicle registration 55

Vezirköprü is a district of Samsun Province of Turkey.


At the breakup of Alexander the Great's empire the Vezirköprü region became part of the kingdom of Pontus with its capital at Amaseia (Amasya), later at Sinope (Sinop). When the last king Mithradates VI was defeated by the Romans, Pompey the Great founded a "new city", Neapolis (Greek: Νεάπολις), which later changed its name to Neoklaudioupolis (Greek: Νεοκλαυδιούπολις) or Neoclaudiopolis in Latin, the forerunner of modern Vezirköprü. In late antiquity, the town returned to its original name, Andrapa, and became a bishopric.

Its bishop Paralius was at the Council of Ephesus (431) and sent his deacon Eucharius to represent him at the Council of Chalcedon (451). Paulus was one of the signatories of the letter by which the bishops of the Roman province of Helenopontus, to which Andrapa belonged, protested to Byzantine Emperor Leo I the Thracian in 458 about the killing of Proterius of Alexandria. Ioannes was at the Third Council of Constantinople (680), Sergius at the Trullan Council (692). Theodorus was represented at the Second Council of Nicaea (787) by his deacon Marinus. Antonius took part in the Photian Council of Constantinople (879).[3][4]

No longer a residential bishopric, Andrapa is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[5]

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. Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. I, coll. 539-540
  4. Sophrone Pétridès, v. Andrapa, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. II, Paris 1914, coll. 1597-1598
  5. Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 833


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