Size 35th largest city
Altitude 997 m / 3,270 ft
Industry Sulfur processing, carpet factories, rose products, wine, cement, fertilizer
Agriculture Wheat, barley, sugar beets, opium poppies, roses
Animal husbandry Sheep, goats
History Lydian, Persian, Roman (Pisidia), Byzantine, Seljuk, Ottoman, Turkish Republic


Location It is 35 km / 22 miles to the south of Isparta in the direction of Konya
Surface area 4th largest (2nd largest freshwater) lake in Turkey; 468 km² / 180 sq miles
Width 3-15 km / 2-10 miles
Length 50 km / 31 miles
Depth 6-7 m / 20 ft. In the south it reaches 13 m / 43 ft. The level of water rises in spring and decreases in autumn. The difference between the two levels is not more than 1 m / 3 ft. Because of cracks in the bed of the lake, the level decreases each year.
Altitude 916 m / 3,000 ft
Formation Tectonic
Water Freshwater

In the south, near Egirdir there are 2 islands which are called Yesilada and Canada. A part of the city’s population live on Yesilada. In the past, transportation used to be by boat but today the island is connected to the land. Water is supplied by small surrounding rivers. The excess water flows into lake Kovada which is 10 km / 6 miles to the south. Freshwater fish and crawfish can be caught in the lake.


Location It is 90 km / 56 miles to the west of Konya on the way to Isparta, Antalya or Alanya
Surface area 3rd largest (the biggest freshwater) lake in Turkey; 656 km² / 253 sq miles
Width 20 km / 12.5 miles
Length 45 km / 28 miles
Depth 3-8 m / 10-26 ft. The deepest part is 70 m / 230 ft
Altitude 1,120 m / 3,675 ft
Formation Tectonic
Water Freshwater

There are 22 islands. On the islands and around the lake there are pelicans, cormorants, gulls and herons. To the west lie the Dede Mountains with a maximum height of 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.


It is a very beautiful Seljuk mosque which was built at the end of the 13C AD by Esrefoglu Suleyman Bey, a local ruler. The walls are made of stone but the interior is wooden and is quite different from usual mosques. It has a minaret made of bricks. Next to the building there is an octagonal tomb with a conical stone roof.

42 octagonally-cut cedar columns divide the interior of the mosque into 7 sahins. Each of the columns has a diameter of 40 cm / 15.7 in and a height of 7.5 m / 25 ft. Columns are topped with wooden stalactite capitals. Inside the building, wooden stretchers encircle the walls below and above the windows. The mihrab is made of tiles with dominant colors of turquoise, purple and dark blue. The walnut minber is a very fine example of wood work.