Karapınar (Malatya)

KarapıNar (Malatya)

Karapınar (Malatya)

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Karapınar is a village of Hekimhan district in Malatya Province, Turkey.


The word of "Karapınar" translates as "Black Fountain" from which village's name stems. Although this village was established more than 400 years ago there is still evidence of old settlement believed to date back to Romans time. The villagers of Karapinar came here from different places during Ottoman Empire era.

It is located at the south slopes of Yama mount. At the border of Malatya and Sivas provinces. Karapınar was located on the historical Silk Road.Almost all the area of the village is rough, stony and mountainous. There is no any river/creek in the area. Due to these geographic conditions, agricultural production of village is low.

At 1995, Karapınar was relocated to the 10 km south of old village due to a landslip. Old Karapinar were located up in the mountains. On the score of this fact, it was very hard and grueling for villagers to travel to towns and back. There were none or very limited means of transportation other than mules and horses. The houses in the old village were just clusters of dirt and stone with dirt-covered flat roofs. In winter times when it would snow you had to scrape it off or when it would rain you had to roll cylinder-shape cut stone all over the roof to stiffen the dirt in order to stop rainwater going through the roof and dribble down in house. It was so arduous life when you compare it with the life in the new village. The...
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