Yalvaç County

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General Information About Yalvaç District

1-       History of the district

The history of Yalvaç goes back to prehistoric times. The historic Temple of Men, believed to have remained from the Firigians, is the oldest residential area of ​​the district. The name of Yalvaç, which was an active place in Roman times, was Pisidia Antiocheia at that time and that name comes from Selevkoskar who was one of the kings of the Hellenistic period. The history of Antiocheia where was an effective military base during the Roman period, changed with the establishment of eastern Rome. In parallel with the general condition of Anatolia where was exposed to Arab and Turkish raids in the Byzantine period, the bright period of Pisidia Antiocheia has ended.

After the Myriokephelon war in 1176, Yalvac was conquered by the Turks. The municipality organization was established in 1864 in Yalvaç, who lived in Anatolian Seljuk Hamitoglu Principality and Ottoman Periods. Although it was connected to Konya in the Ottoman period for a short time, it was again connected to Isparta in the Republican Period.

Today Yalvaç has 101.228 population separated nearly 35.000 to center, 50.000 to towns and 15.000.

Today, the centeral population is 35,000, the population of the towns is 50,000, the population of the villages is approximately 15,000, with a total population of 101,228. Şarkikaraağaç and Gelendost counties are involed its hinterland also. 

2- Education Status

Yalvaç district has a long-established education. People living in Yalvac have a justified pride with the importance they give to education. They made secondary school during the War of Independence and opened the high school as a private school with their own means. 

Today, there are 43 primary schools, 10 high schools, 513 teachers and 8,477 students in institutions affiliated to the Ministry of National Education in Yalvac. As higher education institutions, there are Yalvaç Vocational School, Yalvaç Technical Sciences Vocational School and Yalvaç Büyükkutlu School of Applied Sciences. Reading rate in the district is over 99%. There are also Public Education and Apprenticeship Training centers as non-formal education institutions. 

3- Tourism 

Yalvac is a candidate to be one of the important centers of faith tourism, which has become widespread recently. Known as the place where St Paul, one of the important names of Christianity, preached, Yalvac is accepted as one of the important pilgrimage centers of Christianity. The increasing number of tourists in recent years is an indicator of this. In addition, the ancient ruins of the Sanctuary of Men with its ancient ruins of Pisidia Antiocheia are among the important tourism sources. The tourism potential of Yalvaç has inspired both two programs to be opened in Yalvaç Vocational School and a department about tourism in Yalvaç Büyükkutlu School of Applied Sciences. 

4- Transportation 

Yalvaç is surrounded by Akşehir (Konya) in the east, Senirkent in the west, Çay and Sultandağı (Afyon) in the north, Şarkikaraağaç and Gelendost in the south. It is 105 kilometers from Isparta, 180 kilometers from Konya and 110 kilometers from Afyon. It is 50 kilometers away from Akşehir, where there is an intercity connection and the nearest railway. An intercity bus company provides transportation to the city center and Akşehir with 3 other companies. The nearest airport is Isparta-Burdur airport. It is about 100 kilometers. 

5-Health Services

The State Hospital has been serving since 1954. The hospital building is 4-storey, and it continues its services in 3 additional buildings: a polyclinic building, an administration building and an emergency building. The number of beds is 75. Maternity and Children's Hospital was established in 1998. Provides services in the field of health with District Health Group Presidency, Community Health Center, Tuberculosis Dispensary, Center Number 1 Family Health Center. 

6-Culture and Art

The establishment of the library dates back to 1892. It was originally established with 651 manuscripts and printed works. He was affiliated with the Ministry of Education in 1923. The library was moved to its modern building in 1972. The number of books in the library is 36,089 as of December 2008. Annual periodical subscription is 36 and annual visitor number is 60.086. The library serves its visitors with a 240 m2 reading hall. As of 2008, the number of readers benefiting from the loan book service is 9911. 

Yalvaç Museum is one of the important cultural centers of Turkey in which the oldest and richest works are exhibited. It was established in the 1950s and moved to its current building in 1966. In the museum, 3021 archeological, 16.677 coins, 2234 ethnographic works are exhibited. The number of visitors in 2008 is 3,955 and the income is 3,453 TL. In addition, the number of tourists visiting the ancient city of Pisidia Antiocheai is 17,619, and the collected income is 37,836 Turkish Liras.

7-Economic Status

The sector that dominates the district economy is trade. The district is a center where historical handicrafts are common. However, there is now a large marketer tradesman since handicrafts have lost their vitality. Today, shopkeepers with a number of about 300 remained as much as the fingers of one hand. There are three apparel workshops which medium-sized and constitute the locomotive sector of the district.

Commercial and Industrial activities are carried out in the old and new industrial zones, and there are workshops with medium-scale production. Other sectors are animal husbandry and agriculture. Fruit production has increased recently, especially in the agricultural sector.

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