Talas is a town in central Anatolia and a district of Kayseri Province in Turkey. The population of Talas city was 40,122 in 2000, while the district of Talas as a whole counted 60,925 people.
The history of Talas, which hosted several civilizations, goes back to 1500 BC
. The region saw the invasions of ancient Persians
. Talas was under the rule of Byzantines
until the battle of Manzikert
, when Seljuk Turks
defeated Emperor Romanus IV
Diogenes and entered Anatolia
. From then on the city came first under the rule of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate
, and from 1467 on, of the Ottoman Empire
Following World War I and the Turkish War of Independence in 1922, most of the Christian residents such as those of Greek and Armenian ethnicity left Talas.