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PİNARBAŞI, KAYSERİ

                                                            Population: 22,000

Old name: Aziziye

The small town of Pınarbaşı, east of Kayseri and Karatay, is not in itself worth a special trip. However, if you're heading south to Şar (Komina) you will need to pass through it and might want to break your journey to have a quick look round. 

The most interesting part of town is near the big Alparslan Türkeş Park in the grounds of the power station where the original spring after which the town is named (Pınarbası means "source of a spring" in Turkish) has been channelled to provide a pleasing backdrop for the tea pavilions. Just outside stand the Ottoman houses of the old town, almost all of them now abandoned in favour of modern houses in the new town. 

In the centre the Ulu Cami is an imposing stone building with an attractive portico. Its design suggests that its architect was probably Armenian. A 19th-century church building also survives in the car park but its no more than a dull shell. 

Transport info

Buses and dolmuşes to Pınarbaşı leave from the Doğu Terminalı in Kayseri, itself accessible by tram from Cumhuriyet Meydanı. The otogar is on the northern edge of town. 

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