Aladağ, formerly Karsantı, is a small city and a district in Adana Province, Turkey about 100 km north of the city of Adana, up in the mountains. This is an undeveloped area, the people live from agriculture and forestry. People from the Çukurova retreat up here in the summer to escape the heat on the plain, although it's too high up for a day trip.

Aladağ
Aladağ is located in Turkey
Aladağ
Aladağ
Coordinates: 37°32′47.37″N 35°23′55.42″E / 37.5464917°N 35.3987278°E / 37.5464917; 35.3987278Coordinates: 37°32′47.37″N 35°23′55.42″E / 37.5464917°N 35.3987278°E / 37.5464917; 35.3987278
CountryTurkey
ProvinceAdana
Government
 • MayorMustafa Akgedik (AKP)
 • KaymakamAhmet Ziya Filizer[1]
Area
 • District1,347.33 km2 (520.21 sq mi)
Elevation
921 m (3,022 ft)
Population
 (2012)[3]
 • Urban
4,224
 • District
16,951
 • District density13/km2 (33/sq mi)
Post code
01720
Websitewww.aladag.bel.tr

The Aladağlar mountains are an eastern extension of the Taurus Mountains. These high mountains are a popular area for climbing, usually accessed from the north through the town of Niğde. The town of Aladağ sits on their southern side, accessed by road up from Adana. Approximately 9 kilometers from the settlement of Karsantı / Aladağ is Meydan Kalesi, an impressive castle and chapel constructed during the period of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. This fortresses has three baileys, an array of rounded towers, and a ceremonial hall whose decorations included carved capitals.[4] The fortification was surveyed in 1974 and 1979.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kaymakam Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  2. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ Edwards, Robert W. (1987). The Fortifications of Armenian Cilicia: Dumbarton Oaks Studies XXIII. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University. pp. 189–194. ISBN 0-88402-163-7.
  5. ^ Photographs and a plan of Meydan / Aladağ Kalesi [1]

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