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Summary Information About Tekirdağ

Tekirdağ Province is a province of Turkey. It is located in the East Thrace region of the country, also known as European Turkey, one of only three provinces entirely within continental Europe. Tekirdağ Province is bordered by Istanbul Province to the east, Kırklareli Province to the north, Edirne Province to the west, and the Gallipoli peninsula of Çanakkale Province to the south.

 

Tekirdağ is the capital of the province, and the third largest city in European Turkey aside from the Istanbul and Çorlu. It is a part of the region historically known as East Thrace, located on the Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe. There are honorary consulates of Greece and Bulgaria in Tekirdağ.

 

Tekirdağ was called Bisanthe or Bysanthe and also Rhaedestus  in classical antiquity. The latter name was used until the Byzantine era, transformed to Rodosçuk after it fell to the Ottomans in the 14th century (in western languages usually rendered as Rodosto). After the 18th century it was called Tekfurdağı, based on the Turkish word tekfur, meaning “Byzantine lord”. In time, the name mutated into the Turkish Tekirdağ, and this became the official name under the Turkish Republic.

 

Tekirdağ has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and humid whilst winters are cool and wet. Snowfall is quite common between the months of December and March, snowing for a week or two.

Population

1113400

Area

6218.00 km 2

Location

Districts

11th

Municipalities

12

Towns

0

Villages

0

History of Tekirdağ

he history of the city of Tekirdağ dates back to around 4000 BC. In Xenophon’s Anabasis it is mentioned to be a part of the kingdom of the Thracian king Seuthes. It is also mentioned as Bisanthe by Herodotus (VII, 137).

The city was a Samian colony. Its restoration by Justinian I in the 6th century AD is chronicled by Procopius. In 813 and again in 1206, after the Battle of Rodosto, it was sacked by the Bulgarians, but it continued to appear as a place of considerable note in later Byzantine history. It was also ruled by the Venetians between 1204 and 1235. The 11th-century Byzantine historian Michael Attaleiates owned property in Raidestos which he describes in his will.

 

In the Ottoman period the city was successively a part of the Rumelia Eyalet, then of the Province of the Kapudan Pasha, the Silistra Eyalet, and Edirne Vilayet. After 1849 it was the seat of the Sanjak of Tekfürtaği.

 

In 1905, the city had a population of about 35,000; of whom half were Greeks who were exchanged with Muslims living in Greece under the 1923 agreement for Exchange of Greek Orthodox and Muslim Populations between the two countries.

 

In 1912, after the defeat at the Battle of Lule Burgas the retreating Turkish army set fires on several parts of the town and massacred many Christians. Even children were thrown to the flames.

 

In December 1934, a convoy of 1,583 Turkish speaking Muslims from Dobruja and Ada Kaleh came to Turkey at settled in Tekirdağ.

 

Tekirdağ was for many years a depot for the produce of the Edirne province, but its trade suffered when Alexandroupolis became the terminus of the railway up the river Maritsa.

Districts of Tekirdağ

  • ÇERKEZKOY
  • ÇORLU
  • ERGENE
  • HAYRABOLU
  • KAPAKLI
  • MALKARA
  • MARMARAERGLISI
  • MURATLI
  • SARAY
  • SÜLEYMANPASA
  • SARKOY

Point of Interests in Tekirdağ

  • The Tekirdağ Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography contains archaeological artifacts found in and around the province, as well as ethnographical items used by the residents of the region relating to the history of cultural life.
  • The Namık Kemal House Museum is devoted to the life and works of theTurkish nationalist poet Namık Kemal (1840–1888).
  • The Rakoczi Museum, an 18th-century Turkish house, where the Hungarian national hero, Francis II Rákóczi lived during his exile, from 1720 till his death in 1735. Today, the museum is a property of Hungary and is widely visited, having become a place of national pilgrimage.
  • Of all the statues of Atatürk in Turkey, the town centre of Tekirdağ holds the only one that was made exactly life-size.
  • Kutman Wine Museum of Kutman Winery at Mürefte, Şarköy in Tekirdağ

Let's see the cuisine of Tekirdağ

  • BULAMA
  • HAYRABOLU TATLISI
  • PEYNIR HELVASI
  • HERISE
  • TEKIRDAG KOFTESI
  • ÇERKEZMÜSELLIM PABUÇ KOFTE
  • MANDA YOGURDA

For more information about Tekirdağ

https://www.kulturportali.gov.tr/turkiye/tekirdag/genelbilgiler

 

For more information, you may visit the official government website of Tekirdağ

http://www.tekirdag.gov.tr

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