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Location of Başakşehir in Istanbul
Location of Başakşehir in Istanbul
Başakşehir is located in Turkey
Location of Başakşehir in Istanbul
Coordinates: 41°05′N 28°49′E / 41.083°N 28.817°E / 41.083; 28.817Coordinates: 41°05′N 28°49′E / 41.083°N 28.817°E / 41.083; 28.817
Country  Turkey
Region Marmara
Province İstanbul Province
District Başakşehir
 • Mayor Mevlüt Uysal (AKP)
Elevation 70 m (230 ft)
Population (2012)[1]
 • Urban 311,095
 • District 316,176
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 34488-34494
Area code(s) 0212
Licence plate 34

Başakşehir is one of the 39 second-level districts in Greater İstanbul, İstanbul Province, Turkey.


Başakşehir is situated in the European portion (Rumeli) of İstanbul at 41°05′N 28°49′E / 41.083°N 28.817°E / 41.083; 28.817. Sazlıdere Dam resorvoir is to northwest and Sea of Marmara is to south. It is surrounded by other second-level districts of İstanbul, such as Eyüp, Sultangazi, Esenler, Bağcılar, Küçükçekmece, Avcılar, Esenyurt and Arnavutköy. The population of Başakşehir is 311095 as of 2012.[3]

The Europe Motorway O-3 () starts at Mahmutbey in Başakşehir, and runs through the district in west direction to Edirne.


Former name of the area was Azatlık. The location was specialized in providing gunpowder to Ottoman army. Later a farm was established in place of Azatlık. The farm was known as Resneli farm referring to Resneli Niyazi, a military officer from Resen, Macedonia (then a part of Ottoman Empire), who was a hero of Young Turk Revolution in 1908.[4] Up to 2009 most of Başakşehir was a quarter in Küçükçekmece district. Then it was declared a seat of district.[5]

Notable buildings[edit]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  3. ^ Statistical Institute
  4. ^ A page of Başakşehir citizens (Turkish)
  5. ^ Mayor's page (Turkish)