Afyonkarahisar is located within the boundaries of the Aegean part of West Central Anatolia Region. Afyonkarahisar is bordered by the provinces, Eskisehir on the north, Kütahya on the north-west, Konya on the east, Usak on the west, Burdur on the south, Isparta on the south-east and Denizli on the south-west.
Afyonkarahisar province, is geographically located in a major intersection of Turkey. Afyonkarahisar providing connectivity to major cities such as Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Antalya with other cities and inland regions. In general, the city consists of the plains between mountainous areas and plateaus splitted by river valleys.
Since 3000 B.C., known history of about 5000 years, after Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine rule, Afyonkarahisar has been the country of the Turks since about A.C. 1200. Afyonkarahisar has been home to many civilizations since ancient Bronze Age. Local earthenware pots in Hittite era and Sandikli Kusura Tumulus excavations, the rock temples of Mother Goddess Cybele in Phrygian period and local sculpture in Roman period are some of the outstanding historical features of Afyonkarahisar. Afyonkarahisar is undertaken as a bridge to other cities in Anatolia, with these characteristics.
This is why the great wars to seize or to protect the integrity of Anatolia, Ipsos (301 B.C.), Miryekefelon (1176), The Great Raid (1922) were all in the Afyonkarahisar territory. Foundation of the Republic of Turkey have been taken in Afyonkarahisar and it has been the lock of Anatolia on every era
Afyonkarahisar named after the poppy plant which has been cultivated about 2300 years and HAPANOVA Castle (High Peak City) rising in the middle of the city, built by Hittite king II. Murshili.
The name shortened colloquially since it is too long to said and transformed to Afyon for both official and commercial correspondences.
Besides the historical and cultural richness and natural beauty, in the last 10 years, Afyonkarahisar has made significant advances in the field of “Thermal Tourism” with its rich geothermal resources.