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Location of Ermenek within Turkey.
Location of Ermenek within Turkey.
Ermenek is located in Turkey
Location of Ermenek within Turkey.
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Country  Turkey
Province Karaman
 • Mayor Necati Akpınar (AKP)
 • District 1,498.68 km2 (578.64 sq mi)
Elevation 1,196 m (3,924 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 11,332
 • District 29,932
 • District density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 70xxx
Area code(s) 0338
Licence plate 70

Ermenek is a town and district of Karaman Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. The district forms the core of the plateau region Taşeli. According to 2014 census, population of the district is 29,957 of which 11,332 live in the town of Ermenek.[3][4]


The town was historically known as Germanicopolis (Greek: Γερμανικόπολις); Germanig, and possibly Clibanus;[5] which later mutuated to Ermenek.


Germanicopolis was a town in ancient Isauria. (Hierocl. p. 709; Concil. Chalced. p. 659; Const. Porphyr. de Them. i. 13.) The city took its name from Germanicus, grandson of Augustus.

Four of its bishops are known during the Byzantine government: Tyrannus, 451; Eustathius, 797; Basil, 878 (Le Quien, Or. christ., II, 1027); and Bisulas in the sixth century (Brooks, Sixth Book of the Letters of Severus, 13, 26, 80). The crusaders sustained a great defeat near the city in 1098. It passed to the Turkic dynasty of the Karamanids and became a centre of the Avşar Turks in 1228. During the Karamanid period, many of Ermenek's historical Mosques were constructed - Akca Mosque (1300), the Ulu Cami (1302), the Sipas Mosque (1306) and the Meydan mosque (1436). It was later incorporated into the Ottoman Empire who made it part of the Karaman Province where it was the second most important town after Karaman itself.


Settlements in the Ermenek district include:

Notable natives

  • Lütfi Elvan (born 1962), mining engineer, politician and government minister


  1. "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Turkish Statistical Institute. (XLS) (in Turkish) Key statistics for urban areas of Turkey Key statistics for urban areas of Turkey Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. GeoHive. "Statistical information on Turkey's administrative units". Retrieved 2008-03-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Richard Talbert, Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, (ISBN 0-691-03169-X), Map 66 & text.


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