Nigde

Niğde
Massif
Niğde
Niğde

Coordinates: 37°58′00″N 34°40′45″E / 37.96667°N 34.67917°E / 37.96667; 34.67917Coordinates: 37°58′00″N 34°40′45″E / 37.96667°N 34.67917°E / 37.96667; 34.67917

Country Turkey
Province Niğde
Government
 • Mayor Osman Kamçıoğlu (AKP)
Area
 • District  km2 (Formatting error: invalid input when rounding sq mi)
Elevation 1,229 m (4,032 ft)
Population ()
 • Urban
 • District
Website

Niğde is a small city and the capital of Niğde Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. The population is 109,724 per the [1] 2010 statistics. Elevation is 1,300 m.

The city is located between the volcanic Melandiz Mountains, including the Mount Hasan stratovolcano near the city of Aksaray to the north, and the Niğde Massif to the south-southeast. The massif is a metamorphic dome that contains abandoned antimony and iron mines. Several marble quarries are currently active in the pure white crystalline marble of the massif.

One of the most famous historical sightseeing places is the Gumusler Church in a small village close to central Nigde.

History

See Niğde Province for a summary of the history of the region, which goes back a long way. This is rich famland near a number of ancient trade routes, particularly the road from Kayseri (ancient Caesarea) to the Cilician Gates. Settlers throughout history include Hittites, Assyrians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and finally Turks from 1166 onwards. In the early Middle Ages, it was known as Magida, and was settled by the remaining inhabitants of nearby Tyana after the latter fell to the Arabs in 708/709. By the early 13th century Niğde was one of the largest cities in Anatolia. After the fall of the Sultanate of Rûm (of which it had been one of the principal cities), Niğde became independent, and, according to Ibn Battuta, ruinous, and did not pass into Ottoman hands till the time of Mehmet II.

More recent immigrants include Turkish people from Bulgaria and other Balkan countries, who were settled here by the Turkish authorities in the 1950s and 60s.

Climate

Niğde has a semi-arid continental climate. Niğde has hot and dry summers and cold and snowy winters.

Climate data for Niğde
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 17.2
(63)
18.5
(65.3)
26.2
(79.2)
30.8
(87.4)
32.0
(89.6)
34.0
(93.2)
37.8
(100)
37.8
(100)
34.6
(94.3)
30.6
(87.1)
23.5
(74.3)
20.9
(69.6)
37.8
(100)
Average high °C (°F) 4.6
(40.3)
5.9
(42.6)
11.1
(52)
16.7
(62.1)
21.4
(70.5)
25.8
(78.4)
29.3
(84.7)
29.5
(85.1)
25.7
(78.3)
19.6
(67.3)
12.6
(54.7)
6.8
(44.2)
17.42
(63.35)
Average low °C (°F) −4.5
(23.9)
−3.6
(25.5)
0.0
(32)
4.7
(40.5)
8.5
(47.3)
12.1
(53.8)
15.0
(59)
14.7
(58.5)
10.5
(50.9)
6.2
(43.2)
1.2
(34.2)
−2.5
(27.5)
5.19
(41.36)
Record low °C (°F) −21.0
(−5.8)
−24.2
(−11.6)
−23.9
(−11)
−6.9
(19.6)
−0.3
(31.5)
3.8
(38.8)
7.1
(44.8)
6.9
(44.4)
1.7
(35.1)
−0.4
(31.3)
−14.7
(5.5)
−20.6
(−5.1)
−24.2
(−11.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 30.1
(1.185)
29.4
(1.157)
32.6
(1.283)
43.4
(1.709)
44.4
(1.748)
24.1
(0.949)
5.0
(0.197)
2.8
(0.11)
7.6
(0.299)
23.7
(0.933)
30.0
(1.181)
38.4
(1.512)
311.5
(12.263)
Avg. rainy days 6 7 7 8 8 4 1 1 1 4 5 7 59
Mean monthly sunshine hours 120.9 134.4 186 213.9 275.9 333 375.1 356.5 300 229.4 159 117.8 2,801.9
Source #1: Devlet Meteoroloji İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü [1]
Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory [2]

Niğde today

Nigde University opened in 1992 and is starting to bring more cultural and social amenities to what is essentially a largish town with a very rural feel to it, providing schools, basic shopping, and other necessities to the surrounding villages. The city is small and there is still plenty of green space and gardens around the houses. The people generally tend to be religious and conservative.

Sight seeing

  • Aladağlar and Bolkar Mountains, which are used for mountaineering and trekking
  • Aladağlar National Park
  • Çiftehan thermal springs
  • Gümüşler Monastery, built by the Byzantines [2]
  • Ancient city of Tyana (esp. the Tyana aquaduct)
  • Hudavend Hatun Türbe

Name etymology

Notable natives


See also

Gallery

References

External links

  • District governor's official website (Turkish)
  • District municipality's official website (Turkish)
  • Yesilburç Village
  • A web portal of Niğde
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