Karaman Province

Karaman Province (Turkish: Karaman ili) is a province of south-central Turkey. It has an area of 9,163 km2. It has a population of 232,633 (2010 est). According to the 2000 census the population was 243,210. Population density is 27.54 people/km2. The traffic code is 70. The capital is the city of Karaman. Karaman was the location of the Karamanid emirate, which came to an end in 1486.

Karaman Province

Karaman ili
Location of Karaman Province in Turkey
Location of Karaman Province in Turkey
RegionWest Anatolia
 • Electoral districtKaraman
 • GovernorMurat Koca
 • Total9,163 km2 (3,538 sq mi)
 • Total251,913
 • Density27/km2 (71/sq mi)
Area code(s)0338
Vehicle registration70


Karaman province is divided into 6 districts (capital district in bold):


Place of interest

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Görmeli, a village in Ermenek district

Andıkara neighbourhood of Akpınar village, Ayrancı, Karaman

Akpınar village in Ayrancı district


View of Ala Bridge near Ermenek


  1. ^ "Population of provinces by years - 2000-2018". Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2019.

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Coordinates: 37°01′23″N 33°05′39″E / 37.02306°N 33.09417°E

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Ayrancı Dam

Ayrancı Dam is a dam in Buğdaylı, Turkey, built between 1956 and 1958.


Binbirkilise (literally: Thousand and One Churches) is a region in the antique Lycaonia, in modern Karaman Province of Turkey, known for its around fifty Byzantine church ruins.

The region is located on the northern slopes of the volcano Karadağ, around 30 km (19 mi) north of the province capital city of Karaman. The church ruins are situated in and around the settlements Madenşehri, Üçkuyu and Değle.

Bıçakçı Bridge

Bıçakçı Bridge (literally "Cutter's Bridge") is a historic deck arch bridge in Karaman Province, southwestern Turkey. It is on the road Bucakkışla - Ermenek, and spans over the Göksu River at 36°56′52″N 39°22′23″E.

The length of the asymmetric stone deck arch bridge is 81.60 m (267.7 ft). Its width is 5.1 metres (17 ft) It consists of a 20 m (66 ft)-long main arch flanked by two minor arches. There are also four auxiliary flood openings two in each side. The exact construction date is unknown. Judging from the masonry, it is assumed that the bridge was built in the 14th century when the area around the bridge was under the rule of Karamanids.

Deliçay Dam

Deliçay Dam is a dam in Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.


Derbe (Greek: Δέρβη) was a city in the Roman province of Galatia in Asia Minor, and in the ethnic region of Lycaonia. It is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles at 14:6, 14:20, 16:1 and 20:4.


Ermenek is a town and district of Karaman Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. As ancient Germanicopolis (in Isauria; has namesakes), a former bishopric, it remains a Latin Catholic titular see.

The district forms the core of the plateau region Taşeli. According to 2014 census, population of the district is 29,957 of which 11,332 live in the town of Ermenek.

Ermenek Dam

The Ermenek Dam is a double-curvature concrete arch dam located on the Göksu River in Karaman Province, Turkey. The 210 m (689 ft) tall dam (218 m (715 ft) from thalweg level) was the highest in Turkey at the time of its construction and currently ranks third after Deriner Dam and Yusufeli Dam (under construction). The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works. Completed in 2009, the primary purpose of the dam is to support its 300 MW power station.

Gödet Dam

Gödet Dam is a dam in Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.


Karaman is a city in south central Turkey, located in Central Anatolia, north of the Taurus Mountains, about 100 km (62 mi) south of Konya. It is the capital district of the Karaman Province. According to 2000 census, the population of the province is 231,872 of which 132,064 live in the town of Karaman. The district covers an area of 3,686 km2 (1,423 sq mi), and the town lies at an average elevation of 1,039 m (3,409 ft). The Karaman Museum is one of the major sights.

Karaman (electoral district)

Karaman is an electoral district of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. It elects three members of parliament (deputies) to represent the province of the same name for a four-year term by the D'Hondt method, a party-list proportional representation system.

Karaman Castle

Karaman Castle (Turkish: Karaman Kalesi) is in the city of Karaman, Turkey.

The castle is on a tumulus, although its altitude is 1,045 metres (3,428 ft) it is not much higher than the surrounding city.

The castle was probably built in the 11th or 12th century by the Byzantine Empire. It was captured by the Seljuks of Anatolia, Karamanids and finally the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans restored the castle in 1465.

The castle consists of three concentric ramparts. The innermost rampart takes the form of a keep-like citadel with nine bastions; four circular and five rectangular. Until the mid-20th century much of the town of Karaman was still contained within the outermost ramparts - since then every building within the outer ramparts has been demolished and the entire area is now a public park.

Karaman Eyalet

Karaman Eyalet (Ottoman Turkish: ایالت قره‌مان; Eyālet-i Ḳaraman‎) was one of the subdivisions of the Ottoman Empire. Its reported area in the 19th century was 30,463 square miles (78,900 km2).In 1468, the formerly independent principality of Karaman was annexed by the Ottomans; Mehmed II appointed his son Mustafa as governor of the new eyalet, with his seat at Konya.

Karaman Museum

Karaman Museum is in Karaman, Turkey

The museum is at 37°10′58″N 33°12′41″E. It is to the east of the Karaman Castle. The museum was established in 1980.In the museum there are two halls one reserved for the archaeological items and an one for the ethnographical items. In these halls items from epipaleolithic age, Neolithic age, chalcolithic age, Bronze Age, classic age, Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Seljuks , Anatolian Beyliks (mainly Karamanids) and the Ottoman Empire are exhibited. Some of the items are, earthenware kitchen tools, ornaments, teardrop bottles, weapons etc. In the windows coinage of the said eras are exhibited.One notable item is the corpse of so-called "manazan woman". She was a young woman whose corpse was found in a cave named "manazan". With radiocarbon methods the corpse is dated to 1000-1200 B.C. But her clothes and hair as well as parts of her flesh have remained almost intact because of the clay rocks covering her body.


The Karamanids or Karamanid dynasty (Modern Turkish: Karamanoğulları, Karamanoğulları Beyliği), also known as the Principality of Karaman and Beylik of Karaman (Karaman Beyliği), was one of the Islamic Anatolian beyliks, centered in south-central Anatolia around the present-day Karaman Province. From the 13th century until its fall in 1487, the Karamanid dynasty was one of the most powerful Turkish beyliks in Anatolia.

List of populated places in Karaman Province

Below is the list of populated places in Karaman Province, Turkey by the districts. In the following lists first place in each list is the administrative center of the district.

Mount Karadağ

Karadağ (literally: Black mountain) is an extinct volcano in Karaman Province, Turkey.

Sertavul Pass

The Sertavul Pass (Turkish: Sertavul Geçidi) is a mountain pass situated on the central Taurus Mountains at the border of Mersin Province with Karaman Province on the road from Konya over Karaman to the Mediterranean coast at Anamur or Silifke.

The landscape around the pass differs from the other Taurus Mountains' passes due to its relatively flat form. Its character changes as the passage extends further south into the deep valley around Mut north of Mersin Province. While the terrain is mainly treeless and is often with no grass, the plains are covered with cushion plants. The karst landscape is dotted with limestone rocks and riddled with countless sinkholes.

Servatul Pass was the location that Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa crossed the Taurus Mountains on the Third Crusade before he drowned in the River Calycadnus (currently Turkish: Göksu) in 1190.

State road D.715 (Turkey)

D.715 is a north to south state road in Turkey. The northern end of the 415-kilometre (258 mi) road merges to D.750 state road at a location popularly known as Kulu makası (Kulu junction) north of Lake Tuz. The southern end of the road merges to D.400 state road in Silifke. D-715 runs through the provinces of Konya, Karaman and Mersin.

İbrala Dam

İbrala Dam is a dam in Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.

Karaman Province of Turkey


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