is built at the base of Mt. Hasan, on a large plain at a
central crossing point for roads leading in all directions.
It derives its name from the Cappadocian King, Archelaos and
was an important town especially in the Roman Period. The
name was changed to Aksaray by the Seljuks in the 11th
Important buildings include the 15th century Ulucami, Kizil
Minare (Egri Minare), considered to be the oldest piece of
Seljuk work, and the Madrasah of Zinciriye. Ihlara Canyon
and Güzelyurt, some of the important areas in Cappadocia,
are within the borders of the province of Aksaray.