History of Aksaray

Aksaray is in the Capadocia region, where human habitation can be traced back to 8th century BC. The first settlements were from the Neolithic period, evidence of which can be found from the remains of Asikli Tumulus. Between 2000-3000 BC, it became an important trade center. Various civilizations have since left their mark on Aksaray, which subsequently came under the Hittite, Roman, Byzantine, Selcuklu and Ottoman influences. From the 1st century AD, Christianity began to spread in the Anatolian region with the coming of St. Paul and his disciples.
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