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    Aksaray is another small but interesting Central Anatolian city, you can see the location of the city in the following map , also in the second map you can see the locations of each areas of Turkey:



    Historical background of the city:

    Aksaray region was an important stopover along the Silk Road that crossed through Anatolia for centuries and the city of Aksaray has a long history.

    The town of Garsaura was named Archelaïs (Greek: Ἀρχελαΐς) by Archelaus of Cappadocia, the last Cappadocian king. In Byzantine times, the town was known as Koloneia (Κολώνεια) and was a bishopric and a important military centre, holding an imperial aplekton.

    The region came under the control of the Seljuk Turks after the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. The Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate they founded left important landmarks in and around Aksaray. The Arab traveller Ibn Battuta who was in the region in the 14th century was impressed by the class of Muslim traders that had emerged in Aksaray and noted the urban center as a beautiful city, surrounded by waterways and gardens, with a water supply coming right to the houses of the city.

    Historically, this was never an important city, living on the income generated by its location, situated at the crossroads of two transverse roads: Tarsus-Ankara and Konya-Sivas.

    Aksaray was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1470 by the İshak Pasha, and many inhabitants of the city were relocated in İstanbul, recently captured by the Ottomans, where they were settled in a quarter of the city that came to be named Aksaray.
    The population of the city is somewhat 376,000 according to http://tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aksaray_%28il%29 .

    Some random pictures of Aksaray:
















    Aksaray Museum:
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    Some famous / traditional food from Aksaray:

    Kadinbudu Kofte (English : Woman's tight burger):



    Sepe


    SIKMA


    Corek


    Kuskus Pilavi


    Dolma Manti


    Kalburabasti


    Arpa sehriyeli pilav:


    Traditional Turkish dresses and dances from Aksaray:






    Some famous people from Aksaray:

    Yunus Emre (I am not 100% sure):



    Mehmet Altınsoy



    Mehmet Borukcu (born in Germany, but parents are from Aksaray)


    Mine Gez


    Arif Delen


    Source: http://www.nette68.com/aksaray/?kate...saray_Unluleri





    Have you already seen the threads about other cities in Turkey ? If not, feel free and click below:


    Konya
    http://www.forumbiodiversity.com/showthread.php?t=28161
    Nevsehir:
    http://www.forumbiodiversity.com/sho...d.php?p=684454
    Kayseri:
    http://www.forumbiodiversity.com/showthread.php?t=27956
    Nidge:
    http://www.forumbiodiversity.com/showthread.php?t=28017

    East part of Turkey
    Erzurum:
    http://www.forumbiodiversity.com/showthread.php?t=27967

    This city is Mediterranean city of Turkey:
    Silifke/Mersin:
    http://www.forumbiodiversity.com/showthread.php?t=27166
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    The food looks really delicious. It's nice to see a variety throughout the country, and I've only seen the central part. Have you actually tried all of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Multilingual View Post
    The food looks really delicious. It's nice to see a variety throughout the country, and I've only seen the central part. Have you actually tried all of them?
    So far following cities have got threads:

    Aksaray

    Konya

    Nevsehir:

    Kayseri:

    Nidge:

    These all above cities are Central Anatolian

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    We got also 1 city from East Turkey:

    Erzurum

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    And 1 city from Medirranean part of Turkey:

    Silifke/Mersin:


    I am planning to make so more threads about different cities from different regions, first l want to finish all the Central Anatolian cities, then Mediterranean ones then probably I will carry on with North Turkey

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5aday View Post
    So far following cities have got threads:

    Aksaray

    Konya

    Nevsehir:

    Kayseri:

    Nidge:

    These all above cities are Central Anatolian

    ========================
    We got also 1 city from East Turkey:

    Erzurum

    ============================
    And 1 city from Medirranean part of Turkey:

    Silifke/Mersin:


    I am planning to make so more threads about different cities from different regions, first l want to finish all the Central Anatolian cities, then Mediterranean ones then probably I will carry on with North Turkey
    That's great. Most people don't know much about Central or Mediterranean or East Turkey. It's always Western Turkey especially Istanbul that's pictured, except for some pictures or documentaries about Cappadocia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Multilingual View Post
    That's great. Most people don't know much about Central or Mediterranean or East Turkey. It's always Western Turkey especially Istanbul that's pictured, except for some pictures or documentaries about Cappadocia.
    I totally agree with you, therefore my target is finishing allllllll the Central Anatolian cities then Mediterranean cities etc

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    Kadinbudu kofte looks good, what's the flavor?

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    Really, nice. Appreciate the rigor of the OP, to enlighten us about her country. The historical monuments looked awesome. Sepe is a common staple here in India. We call it "roti". I eat it everyday....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5aday View Post
    I totally agree with you, therefore my target is finishing allllllll the Central Anatolian cities then Mediterranean cities etc
    2012 will be a good year to learn about Turkey then

    People favor their region. I'm like that too. My ancestry is not from the capital in the Philippines, although I did live in the capital for some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pot-Kettle View Post
    Kadinbudu kofte looks good, what's the flavor?
    Kadinbudu kofte tastes a bit lighter than proper kofte kebab, as kadinbudu kofte contains cooked rice and it is also flour+egg coated and fried, so it has got its own taste. Let me show you how we normally do it:

    Step 1:

    The mixture for kadinbudu kofte is:



    ^I presonally put also grated onion, fresh and chopped herbs as well, unfortunately the woman on the picture is lazy so she is putting just the very basic stuff such as cooked rice + cooked mince and raw mince (of course also salt and pepper).


    I found another picture, this lady does it the way l do :



    Step 2:

    You mix them together:



    Step 3:

    You form them, dip them into egg and flour and fry them:



    Finally:

    You got these delicious kadinbudu koftes:






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    5aday You can publish a Turkey tourist guide or can be Tour operator soon and thanks for your hard work I learned a lot.

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