Tokat Province

Tokat Province (Turkish: Tokat ili) is a province in northern Turkey. Its adjacent provinces are Amasya to the northwest, Yozgat to the southwest, Sivas to the southeast, and Ordu to the northeast. Its capital is Tokat, which lies inland of the middle Black Sea region, 422 kilometers from Ankara.

Tokat Province

Tokat ili
Location of Tokat Province in Turkey
Location of Tokat Province in Turkey
RegionWest Black Sea
 • Electoral districtTokat
 • Total9,959 km2 (3,845 sq mi)
 • Total612,646
 • Density62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Area code(s)0356
Vehicle registration60


Tokat is the site of the important ancient Roman city of Comana of Pontus, which was destroyed in 47 BCE by the Romans. In 1071 CE, it became a part of the Danismend Turkmen principality, and one of its principal cities. The region prospered from the trade between Anatolia and Persia.


Tokat province is divided into 12 districts (capital district in bold):


Two notable monuments in this province are the Hatuniye Medrese of the 15th century, built by Sultan Bayezid II, and a Seljuk bridge spanning the Yeşilırmak River, belonging to the 12th century. The Latifoğlu Mansion is a third, which is an example of the traditional architecture of a Turkish house of the 19th century, restored recently to its original state.


Months January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average Maximum °C (1970 - 2011) 20.2 22.8 31.1 33.5 36.1 38.5 45.0 40.8 37.9 35.3 27.6 23.0
Average Lowest °C (1970 - 2011) -23.4 -22.1 -21.1 -4.5 0.0 3.2 6.1 7.8 2.4 -3.2 -8.3 -21.0
Resource: Turkish State Meteorological Service[2]


Tokat şehir panoraması 2012


Gök Medrese at Tokat

Gök Medrese in Tokat

Tokat tiles 1

Polychrome tiles from Gök Medrese


Maşat Höyük, a Hittite archaeological site

Atatürk Evi - Tokat 03

Atatürk's House Museum

Tokat Mevlevihanesi 06

Tokat Mevlevihanesi


  1. ^ "Population of provinces by years - 2000-2018". Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ Meteoroloji Genel Müdürlüğü-Tokat Resmi İstatistikler, Turkish State Meteorological Service

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Coordinates: 40°21′10″N 36°33′52″E / 40.35278°N 36.56444°E

Almus Dam

The Almus Dam (Almus Barajı in Turkish) is an earthen embankment dam that is near the town of Almus (28 kilometers East of Tokat city in center north of Turkey) and is located on the River Yesilirmak which runs into the Black Sea. The main purposes of the dam is irrigation, flood control and hydroelectricity. The hydroelectric power plant (established in 1966) at the dam has a capacity of 27 megawatts (three facilities at 9 megawatts each). The dam contains 3,405,000 m3 (120,200,000 cu ft) of material and irrigates an area of 21,350 hectares. The dam's spillway is capable of discharging a maximum 2,800 m3/s (98,881 cu ft/s) and its bottom outlet a maximum of 50 m3/s (1,766 cu ft/s).

Alpu Dam

Alpu Dam (Turkish: Alpu Barajı) is a dam in Tokat Province, Turkey, built between 1998 and 2002.

Ataköy Dam

Ataköy Dam is a dam in Tokat Province, Turkey, built between 1975 and 1977.

Belpınar Dam

Belpınar Dam is a dam in Tokat Province, Turkey. It was built between 1977 and 1984.

Boztepe Dam (Tokat)

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

Comana Pontica

Comana Pontica (Komana Pontika) (Ancient Greek: Κόμανα Ποντική), was an ancient city located in ancient Pontus, now in modern Turkey.


Gaziura (Greek: Γαζίουρα), was a town in Pontus, on the river Iris, near the point where its course turns northwards. Some scholars equate Gaziura with Talaura, others with Ibora, and others with modern Turhal.It was the ancient residence of the kings of Pontus, but in Strabo's time it was deserted. (Strab. xii.) Dion Cassius (xxxv. 12) notices it as a place where Mithridates VI of Pontus took up his position against the Roman Triarius. (Comp. Pliny vi. 2.)

Güzelce Dam

Güzelce Dam is a dam in Tokat Province, Turkey, which began construction in 1995. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.


Ibora was a city in the late Roman province of Helenopontus, which became a Christian bishopric. It is now called İverönü, Erbaa in present-day Tokat Province, Turkey. This is stated also by the Annuario Pontificio, which lists the bishopric as a titular see.The article by Siméon Vailhé in the 1910 Catholic Encyclopedia placed its site at modern Turhal in the same modern province.

List of populated places in Tokat Province

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


Niksar /'niksar/ (Greek: Νεοκαισάρεια, Neokaisáreia) is a city in Tokat Province, Turkey. It was settled by many empires, being once the capital city of the province. Niksar is known as "Çukurova of the North-Anatolia" due to its production of many kinds of fruits and vegetables except citrus fruits. On 02 Mai 2018 Niksar was included in the World Heritage tentative list.


Reşadiye is a town and a district of Tokat Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. The mayor is Cemil KILIÇ (AKP). It is near the town of Doğanşehir.

The town was the scene of two major insurgent attacks during the Kurdish-Turkish conflict, the first one being the Sazak assault in 1997, a joint operation between the PKK, DHKP/C and the TKP/ML, killing 4 soldiers and the second being the Reşadiye shooting in 2009 in which the PKK killed 7 and injured 3 soldiers.

Reşadiye shooting

The Reşadiye shooting was an ambush that took place on December 7, 2009, at Reşadiye, Tokat Province, Turkey. Unidentified gunmen ambushed a Turkish patrol, killing seven soldiers and wounding three others. It was the region's deadliest attack in more than a decade, since the Sazak assault in 1997; and most recent attack in Turkey since April, 2009 when a remote-controlled bomb set by Kurdish militants killed 10 soldiers in the country's southeast. The last major attack in Tokat was in 2001.The ambush occurred as Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was received in Washington, D.C., by U.S. President Barack Obama and occurred the day before a court was due to consider outlawing Turkey's Democratic Society Party (DTP), the largest Kurdish party in the country. The threat of parliamentary resignations and a potential election lingered in the air. The Turkish army said on their website that they would maintain a presence in the area.

Sazak assault

The Sazak assault was an ambush carried out in 1997, in the Sazak neighbourhood of Reşadiye, in Turkey's Tokat Province. Four Turkish soldiers were killed in the ambush and although no group immediately claimed responsibility, the attack was later revealed to have been a joint operation by three Communist guerrilla groups: the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Turkish Revolutionary People's Liberation Party–Front and Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist–Leninist.The soldiers were returning to their outpost after a patrol and had only 1.3 kilometers left to travel when they were ambushed by a joint force of Kurdish PKK and Turkish DHKP/C and TKP-ML insurgents. Four soldiers were killed in the ambush and due to the heavy fog, all insurgents managed to escape.That same year period the PKK and DHKP/C were also involved in a joint attack on a local flour factory in Tokat, which killed 3 Turkish officials. Twelve years later, a similar attack was carried out in the same area, which left 7 soldiers dead and 3 injured.


Tokat is the capital city of Tokat Province of Turkey in the mid-Black Sea region of Anatolia. It is located at the confluence of the Tokat River (Tokat Suyu) with the Yeşilırmak. In the 2009 census, the city of Tokat had a population of 129,879.

Tokat (electoral district)

Tokat is an electoral district of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. It elects 5 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.

Tokat Airport

Tokat Airport (IATA: TJK, ICAO: LTAW) is an airport in Tokat, the city in inner Black Sea region of Turkey.

Tokat Museum

Tokat Museum is a museum in Tokat, Turkey. It houses historic finds from the region including sculptures and coins. Many of the items originate in the Anatolian Seljuks era.


Zile, anciently known as Zela (Greek: Ζῆλα) (still as Latin Catholic titular see), is a city and a district of Tokat Province, Turkey. Zile lies to the south of Amasya and the west of Tokat in north-central Turkey. The city has a long history, including as former bishopric and the site of the Battle of Zela, which prompted the phrase "Veni, vidi, vici." Today the city is a center for agricultural marketing and tourism.

Tokat Province of Turkey


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