Turks sometimes give directions by referring to landmarks rather than by official address, then, if necessary, meet you somewhere nearby and take you to their office or house.
Understanding a Turkish address can be difficult, since streets may have both a number and a name, and what you are given in your directions may differ from what you see on the signs (if you can find a sign).
Some smaller streets are not labeled on Google maps. The situation is better in major cities than it is in rural towns.
An example of a Turkish address
1463 Sok. No. 3 Kat 5 D:13
What it means
Line 1: Name (Mehmet Aslan).
Line 2: Neighborhood (Mahalle or Mh.)
Line 3: Name of the apartment complex or building, which is usually on a placard above the entrance.
Line 4: Street name, which is 1453 Sokak (street), the building number (3), the floor number (Kat 5, or fifth floor) and finally the apartment unit or office itself (Daire 13). The building number will also be displayed around the entrance.
Line 5: The postal code and the province. Postal codes in Turkey begin with the number of the province (Antalya is number 07), and the last three numbers indicate the postal area within the province.
Turkish addresses may also include a hint for how to find it, like "PTT Arkası" (behind the PTT, or post office).
The ground floor is 0 (zero). The floor above that is 1, then 2, and so on.
Turkish Words to Help You Find an Address
Sokak (Sok.): Street
Cadde (Caddesi, or Cad.): Avenue
Bulvarı (Blv.): Boulevard
Kat (K): Floor
Daire (D): Apartment unit
Site (Sitesi): A housing complex, group of apartment buildings.
Blok: Block number in a site or complex.
The Turkish government has changed many addresses in Turkey, leaving many buildings with old plaques on them, listing the wrong buiding number. In most cases, the government has used new white-on-blue metal plaques which show the official address under the new system.
If you don't have one of these, and are not sure what your real address is, there are two ways of learning it.
- Go to the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate, or "Nüfus), with your passport or residence permit and your rental contract or tapu (property title deed), and ask them what your new address is.
- Go to the Doğal Afet Sigortaları Kurumu (Natural Disaster Insurance Institution, called "DASK") website's address code search page. This page lets you drill down to your exact address, using listings sorted by province, city, district, street, and apartment number.
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