Kırıkkale Nur Mosque
Kırıkkale Nur Mosque
Kırıkkale is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 39°50′30″N 33°30′50″E / 39.84167°N 33.51389°E / 39.84167; 33.51389Coordinates: 39°50′30″N 33°30′50″E / 39.84167°N 33.51389°E / 39.84167; 33.51389
Country Turkey
Province Kırıkkale
 • Mayor Mehmet Saygılı (AKP)
 • District 318.07 km2 (122.81 sq mi)
 (2012) [2]
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density 630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)

Kırıkkale is the capital of the Kırıkkale Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. It is located 80 km east of Ankara. According to the 2000 census, the population of the province is 280,834, of which 192,705 live in the city of Kırıkkale.[3][4] The name of the city means broken castle.

The town of Kırıkkale is located on the Ankara-Kayseri railway near the Kızıl River in central Turkey. Formerly a village, it owes its rapid rise in population mainly to the establishment of steel mills in the 1950s. These works, among the largest in the country, specialize in high-quality alloy steel and machinery. In the 1960s chemical plants were added.

Kırıkkale University is located in the city.


The name of the city supposedly comes from the name "Kırık" a village 3 km north of the city combined with another name called "Kale", meaning castle, in the centre of the city, the two were put together to make 'Kırıkkale'. Inhabitation began in the 16th century when Turkish tribes came from the east and settled in Central Anatolia. [5]


Kırıkkale was recently declared a state in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey which is near Kızılırmak River translating to Red River. The river is used to produce rice for the Turkish economy. The natural vegetation is steppe type, and vineyards are found in abundance.[5]


Using both 0°C and -3°C isotherms, Kırıkkale has a hot summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa), that very closely borders a Mediterranean continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dsa) and a cold semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk). Winters are cool to cold and snowy, whereas summers are hot and dry. Rainfall occurs mostly during the spring and autumn.