Ürgüp

Ürgüp

Infobox Settlement
settlement_type = District
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = TUR
subdivision_type1=Region
subdivision_name1 = Central Anatolia
subdivision_type2=Province
subdivision_name2 = Nevşehir
timezone= EET
utc_offset=+2


map_caption =Location of Ürgüp within Turkey.
timezone_DST=EEST
utc_offset_DST=+3
official_name = Ürgüp



image_caption = Hotels built within caves in Ürgüp
image_blank_emblem =
blank_emblem_type =
population_total = 38004
population_urban = 14538
population_as_of = 2000
population_footnotes =
population_density_km2 = 67.5
area_total_km2 = 563
latd = 38
latm = 38
latNS = N
longd = 34
longm = 55
longEW = E
elevation_m = 1043
postal_code_type=Postal code
postal_code = 50xxx
area_code = 0384
blank_info = 50
blank_name=Licence plate
leader_title = Governor
leader_name = Recep Soytürk
leader_title1 = Mayor
leader_name1 = Kasım Uğur
website = [http://www.urgup.gov.tr/ www.urgup.gov.tr]

Ürgüp (Greek: Προκόπιο / Prokópio or Προκόπι / Prokópi, _ot. Burgut Kalesi) is a town and district of Nevşehir Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. Located in the historical region of Cappadocia, it is renowned for its nightlife and for its good adjustment to tourism, making it a popular night stop for Cappadocia tourists. According to 2000 census, population of the district is 38,004 of which 14,538 live in the town of Ürgüp.cite web|url=http://www.die.gov.tr/nufus_sayimi/2000tablo5.xls|title=Census 2000, Key statistics for urban areas of Turkey|accessdate=2008-04-18|author=Turkish Statistical Institute|format=XLS|language=Turkish] [cite web|url=http://www.xist.org/cntry/turkey.aspx?levels=Ic%20Anadolu|title=Statistical information on Turkey's administrative units|accessdate=2008-04-18|author=GeoHive|language=English] The district covers an area of convert|563|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on, [cite web|url=http://www.statoids.com/ytr.html|title=Statistical information on districts of Turkey|accessdate=2008-04-19|author=Statoids|language=English] and the town lies at an average elevation of convert|1043|m|ft|0|abbr=on.

History

Ürgüp which was founded on the outskirts of the hill named as Hill of Wishes is located about convert|20|km|mi|0|abbr=on north of the Nevşehir province in one of the first settlement areas of Cappadocia region. In the Byzantine period it was called under various names such as Osiana, Hagios, Prokopios. During the Seljuks period it was referred to as Başhisar and in the Ottoman Empire period as Burgut Castle, until the first years of the Turkish Republic when it was called Ürgüp.

Ürgüp was also the patriarchate center of the Cappadocia region during the Byzantine period. The Üzümlü Church, Cambazlı Church and Sarıca Church in the township of Ortahisar are the oldest rock churches from the region. Furthermore the Tavşanlı Church and Church of Basil of Caesarea are also spectacular.

Ürgüp today

Ürgüp is known for its famous hotels built right within caves, for its wines and for its hand made carpets. Many of the hotels in caves are actually old houses. They can be rented and used for accommodation on condition of not damaging their historic structure. Some of the caves have also been converted into nightclubs and bars.

It is the most important tourism center of the Cappadocia region.

Twinnings

*flagicon|Greece Larissa, Greece

ee also

*Cappadocia
*Churches of Göreme, Turkey
*Kaymaklı Underground City
*Derinkuyu Underground City
*Underground cities in Avanos
*Thermal Tourism in Kozaklı

Notes

References

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External links

* [http://www.urgup.gov.tr/ District governor's official website] tr icon
* [http://www.urgup.bel.tr/ District municipality's official website] tr icon
* [http://www.nevsehir.gov.tr/resimler/harita/urgup.jpgMap of Ürgüp district]
* [http://www.nevsehirozelidare.gov.tr/harita/urgup.jpgAdministrative map of Ürgüp district]
* [http://www.cappadociaturkey.net/urgup.htm Ürgüp with pictures and info] en icon


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