Eskipazar is a town and district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. According to the 2000 census, the population of the district was 16,365, of whom 8,457 lived in the town of Eskipazar.[3] The district covers an area of 740 km2 (286 sq mi),[4] and the town lies at an elevation of 902 m (2,959 ft). It separated from Çerkeş district to become a district in its own right in 1945. It was a district in Çankırı Province until 1995. The Ankara-Zonguldak railway passes through the district.

Location of Eskipazar within Turkey.
Location of Eskipazar within Turkey.
Eskipazar is located in Turkey
Location of Eskipazar
Coordinates: 40°57′N 32°32′E / 40.950°N 32.533°E / 40.950; 32.533
Country Turkey
RegionBlack Sea
 • MayorDursun Baş (AKP)
 • District740.47 km2 (285.90 sq mi)
902 m (2,959 ft)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density17/km2 (44/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)370
Licence plate78


The city was founded about 1300 BC by the Hittites. It became part of the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC, and its name was changed to Hadrianopolis (Greek: Ἁδριανούπολις), better known as Hadrianopolis in Paphlagonia, in the 2nd century AD.

The city was captured by Emir Karatekin, along with Çankırı, and named Viranşehir. The name was changed to Eskipazar during the Second Constitutional Era.[5][6]

In 2018, during archaeological excavations discovered one of the earliest churches in Anatolia.[7] According to a member of Karabük University's archaeology department it dates back to the mid-5th century.[8]


  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. ^ Turkish Statistical Institute. "Census 2000, Key statistics for urban areas of Turkey" (in Turkish). Archived from the original (XLS) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-11-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Statoids. "Statistical information on districts of Turkey". Retrieved 2008-11-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Eskipazar Hakkında". Retrieved 17 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Tarih". Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Early Anatolian church found in Karabük
  8. ^ Turkish archaeologists find 1,500-year-old church


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Coordinates: 40°56′35″N 32°31′50″E / 40.94306°N 32.53056°E / 40.94306; 32.53056