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Hanabad Caravanserai Cardak.jpg
Çardak is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 37°49′28.76″N 29°40′33.72″E / 37.8246556°N 29.6760333°E / 37.8246556; 29.6760333Coordinates: 37°49′28.76″N 29°40′33.72″E / 37.8246556°N 29.6760333°E / 37.8246556; 29.6760333
Country Turkey
Province Denizli
 • Mayor Mustafa Kocazeybek (AKP)
 • Kaymakam Zekai Erdem
 • District 323.33 km2 (124.84 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 4,725
 • District 9,386
 • District density 29/km2 (75/sq mi)
Post code 20350
Website www.cardak.bel.tr

Çardak is a town and a district of Denizli Province of Turkey. It is situated on the road from Denizli to Ankara near the banks of the Lake Acıgöl.

Denizli's airport (Çardak Airport) is in Çardak.

A very notable sight in the town is the caravanserai of Hanabad, built in the 13th century by the local ruler Esedüddin Ayaz during the reign of Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I. It bears typical characteristics of Seljuk caravanserais and on its stones are carved fish, cow and human relics.

A small village until the early years of the Turkish Republic, Çardak started growing as of 1958 when it was made into a district. Streets and buildings are well arranged and it is a tidy little town.

The economy is based on agriculture, and surface mining of sodium sulfate reserves in Lake Acıgöl whose name means "the bitter lake". Services rendered to the airport are also taking an increasingly important share in the town's economy. Hanabad Caravanserai is being restored.

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  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.