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Tomarza (Turkey)
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Basic data
Province (il) : Kayseri
Coordinates : 38 ° 27 '  N , 35 ° 48'  E Coordinates: 38 ° 26 '50 "  N , 35 ° 47' 57"  E
Height : 1330  m
Residents : 10,629 (2007)
Telephone code : (+90) 352
Postal code : 38 xxx
License plate : 38
Structure and administration
Mayor : Fahrettin Işık ( AKP )
Tomarza County
Residents : 28,107 (2007)
Surface: 1,485 km²
Population density : 19 inhabitants per km²
Kaymakam : Recep Öztürk
Website (Kaymakam):
Template: Infobox location in Turkey / maintenance / district
Location of the Tomarza County in the Kayseri Province

Tomarza is a district in the Kayseri Province of Turkey , which was still inhabited by Armenians at the beginning of the 20th century . It has 27,944 inhabitants. There are 3 communities and 46 villages in the district. It was declared a district in 1953, is 1330 m above sea level and has an area of ​​1485 km².

The Byzantine-Seljuk castle of Tzamandos (also Zamantı Kalesi ) is near the village of Melikgazi ( Pınarbaşı (Kayseri) district ).

Church history

The deserted area "in the no man's land between Byzantium and the Arabs" was settled with compatriots by the Armenian-Byzantine general Melias at the beginning of the 10th century and raised to a Syrian-Orthodox metropolis in 954/957. In 1065 Emperor Konstantinos X. Dukas handed the place over to the exiled King Gagik of Kars. The Armenian Catholicos Gregor II resided here from 1065 to 1069 . At the end of the 19th century Tomarza still had 38 Turkish and a few Greek houses of 980 households , the remaining houses were inhabited by Armenians . In the village there were the churches Aziz Boğos and Bedros , in the eastern part the Surp Asdvadzadzin Mother of God monastery with an early Christian church building ( Panagia ), 6th century. An Armenian diocese and monastery existed until the 1st World War.


  • Hans Rott: Monuments from Asia Minor from Pisidia, Pamphylia, Cappadocia and Lycia. Dieterich, Leipzig 1908, 180-187;
  • Steven Hill: The Early Christian Church at Tomarza - A Study Based on Photographs Taken in 1909 by Gertrude Bell . In: Dumbarton Oaks Papers 29 (1975) 151-164 (on Panagia Church);
  • Sevgi Parlak: Une citadelle du Moyen Âge: Forteresse de Tzamandos (Zamanti) . In: Synergies Turquie No. 4 (2011) 59-68 (online: );

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Tomarza Kaymakamlığı . Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  2. Thomas H. Benner: The Syrian-Jacobite Church under Byzantine rule in the 10th and 11th centuries , Diss. Theol. Marburg 1989, 173f.