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Keçiören is a metropolitan district of Ankara Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, a crowded district in the northern part of the city of Ankara. According to 2010 census, population of the district center is 817,262[3][4] The district covers an area of 190 km2 (73 sq mi),[5] and the average elevation is 850 m (2,789 ft). The Çubuk River runs through the middle of the district.

A view of FTZ Shopping Mall in Keçiören
A view of FTZ Shopping Mall in Keçiören
Location of Keçiören within Turkey.
Location of Keçiören within Turkey.
Keçiören is located in Turkey
Location of Keçiören within Turkey.
Coordinates: 40°00′N 32°52′E / 40.000°N 32.867°E / 40.000; 32.867Coordinates: 40°00′N 32°52′E / 40.000°N 32.867°E / 40.000; 32.867
Country Turkey
RegionCentral Anatolia
ProvinceAnkara Province
 • GovernorMustafa Güler
 • MayorMustafa Ak (AKP)
 • District189.88 km2 (73.31 sq mi)
850 m (2,790 ft)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density4,400/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)0312
Licence plate06
A view of the Gökçek Park



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There are 50 neighbourhoods in Keçiören as of 2017.[7]

  • 19 Mayıs
  • 23 Nisan
  • Adnan Menderes
  • Aktepe
  • Aşağıeğlence
  • Atapark
  • Ayvalı
  • Bademlik
  • Bağlarbaşı
  • Basınevleri
  • Çaldıran
  • Çalseki
  • Çiçekli
  • Emrah
  • Esertepe
  • Etlik
  • Güçlükaya
  • Gümüşdere
  • Güzelyurt
  • Hasköy
  • Hisar
  • İncirli
  • Kafkas
  • Kalaba
  • Kamil Ocak
  • Kanuni
  • Karakaya
  • Karargahtepe
  • Karşıyaka
  • Kavacık Subayevleri
  • Kösrelik
  • Köşk
  • Kuşcağız
  • Osmangazi
  • Ovacık
  • Pınarbaşı
  • Sancaktepe
  • Sarıbeyler
  • Şefkat
  • Şehit Kubilay
  • Şenlik
  • Şenyuva
  • Tepebaşı
  • Ufuktepe
  • Uyanış
  • Yakacık
  • Yayla
  • Yeşilöz
  • Yeşiltepe
  • Yükseltepe


The name Keçiören comes from "keçi" (goat) and "ören" (ruins). Ankara is famous for its goat (Ankara Keçisi), which is used as a source of Angora clothings such as Angora sweatshirts. The area was used for stock breeding long before it became a suburban area.


Until the 1950s this was a green and pleasant area outside the city, but in recent years has become a large district of housing for Ankara's working class. The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has his Ankara residence within the district. The area is also a well known location for far right nationalists.[citation needed]

In August 2018, the Municipality decided not to issue business licenses to American brands including McDonald’s, Starbucks and Burger King as a response to the U.S. sanctions on Turkey.[8]


The sports club Keçiörengücü is based in Keçiören.

Prominent neighbourhoodsEdit

Places of interestEdit

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's headquarters during the Turkish War of Independence, today used by the department of meteorology

The current administration has made efforts to decorate the mass of dull concrete that the area mainly consists of. The new buildings include a huge artificial waterfall and many other pools and fountains, and a concrete replica of the Hungarian Esztergom Castle.

Gondola liftEdit

Keçiören has a two-station aerial lift, the Keçiören Gondola, which connects the neighborhoods Tepebaşı (Cumhuriyet station) and Kavacık Subayevleri (Atatürk station). As of November 2013, it is the only in Ankara and Turkey's longest urban gondola lift line with its length of 1,653 m (5,423 ft).[9][10]

Famous localsEdit

  • Melih Gökçek, politician and the mayor of Ankara
  • Selahattin Bıyıklı, kick-box champion

Keçiören children's gamesEdit

To many Turkish people the name Keçiören evokes a popular children's TV outdoor game show (similar to the British It's a Knockout) of the 1980s, which was recorded in the district.

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

The following places are sister cities to Keçiören:


  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. ^ Statistical Institute [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ GeoHive. "Statistical information on Turkey's administrative units" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2008-03-31.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Statoids. "Statistical information on districts of Turkey". Retrieved 2008-05-03.
  6. ^ Turkish Statistical Institute
  7. ^ Turkish Ministry of the Interior. "Civilian Administrative Units in Turkey" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  8. ^ Municipality in Turkish capital Ankara stops issuing licenses to major US food brands
  9. ^ "Teleferik Hakkında" (in Turkish). Keçiören Belediyesi Teleferik Tesisleri. Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  10. ^ "Şirket Profili" (in Turkish). Keçiören Belediyesi Teleferik Tesisleri. Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12.


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