Kirikkale is one of the most important provinces of Central Anatolia with its geographical location, history and cultural past. The province, which can be reached by highway or railway, is 85 km. far from Ankara – Esenboga Airport. Its name is made by shortening and combining the name Kirikkoy, which was a village with 12 houses in 1925, with the name Kaletepe, which was 3 -4 km. far from that village. Residences and remainders belonging to Chalcolithic, Old Bronze, Assyrian Trade Colonies, Hittite Empire, Frig, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman ages have been found in Kirikkale, which became a province in 1989. Lots of factories have been founded in the region, which has an important role in country’s economy, since the very first years of republic. Weapon repair factory, which had been established during the war of independence, was converted into a weapon factory. Kirikkale has shown a rapid improvement in the following years with the population increase.
Districts of Kirikkale are: Bahsili, Baliseyh, Celebi, Delice, Karakecili, Keskin, Sulakyurt and Yahsihan.
Weapon Industry Museum and Ethnography Museum in the city center are places worth seeing.
As well as Hasandede Mosque and Tomb of 1605 in central district, there are several mosques and tombs in other districts. Seyh Sami Tomb and Mosque in Sulakyurt District, Sarikiz Tomb, Tokus Sultan Tomb, Kocubaba Mosque and Tomb of 15th century in Kocubaba Village, Halil Dede Tomb in Celebi District and Kucukafsar Tomb in Delice District are important religious structures.
Kalekisla Castle and Cave in Sulakyurt, Seydin Hill and Gultepe Tumulus are important cultural substances.
Ballı Mosque and Tomb in Balıseyh is a Seljuk structure belonging to 14th century.
Esatmuminli Ruins in Keskin District, Carsi Mosque, Hayriye Mosque, Old Gunpowder – Cartridge Factory, Gavur Castle, Efendi Village – Alibar Tumulus, Kibrithane Building and Egitimhane are places worth sightseeing. Haydar Sultan Kulliyesi (Complex of buildings adjacent to a mosque), which is located near Haydar Sultan Village 22 km. far from District and which have structures such as Mosque, Tomb, Treasury, Fountain and Well together, is constructed on a monastery built in Late Roman or Early Byzantine ages.
Also, there are so many tumulus and protected archeological areas in Kirikkale such as; Hopagantepe (Keskin- Karaagil Village), Sarimusali (Keskin- Halildede Village), Hoyuktepe (Keskin- Cifteli Village), Yascayir Tumulus (Keskin- Ceritkoy), Asar Tumulus (Merkez- Hacilar), Catalsogut (Merkez- Hacilar), Tumulus (Sulakyurt-Daghalilinceli), Kuzeren Tumulus (Merkez- Kuzeren).
Kozlu Region Ancient City in Sulakyurt, belonging to Roman period, and Ceritkale Rock Graves near Ceritkale Village 9 – 10 km. far from Keskin District are important places.
Inns at Cesnigir Bridge and near it are Seljuk works from 13th century. The bridge, which was used by Timur in his military expedition to Ankara, has been reconstructed by Mimar Sinan. The bridge with 110 m. length and 6 m width, which has strong foundations on rocky land, has a middle span of 18,60 m. It has 12 orifices as 3 at the top, in order to provide flow in case of an increase of water and to reduce the weight of the bridge, and 9 at the bottom.
Kapulukaya Dam Lake is suitable for amateur angling, water sports and Kizilirmak Valley is suitable for nature walks and bicycle tours.
As well as several summer meadows, heights of which varies from 1200 to 1600 m., natural parks and promenade areas are places for spending time with real nature. There are noble buildings such as Turk House, Turk Buyukleri and Turk Dunyasi Monuments in Municipality’s Culture Park, established on a wide area.
International Culture Festival has been held every year in Karakecili since 1995. In other districts, various activities are organized especially in summer.
Kirikkale has a cuisine enriched by local meals of people coming from different regions of Turkey. Foods made with meat are ashing, frying and boiling. Bazlama, alazlama, gozleme, katmer and kombe are types of bread made here.
Especially carpet and saddlebag are widely seen handwork types.www.kirikkale.bel.tr www.kirikkale.gov.tr