|• Mayor||Sedat Pekel (CHP)|
|• District||713.38 km2 (275.44 sq mi)|
|Elevation||20 m (70 ft)|
|• District Density||200/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Postal code||10200 or 10220|
|Area code(s)||(+90) 0266|
Bandırma (from Greek: Πάνορμος, Panormos) is a city in northwestern Turkey with 120.000 inhabitants (2012 estimate) on the Sea of Marmara. Also, Bandırma is a district of Balıkesir.
The city is a commercial centre and its harbour serves as a transit point for trade between Istanbul and Izmir. There is also agriculture produced in the surrounding areas, covering products like cereals, sheep wool and meat, cattle, grain and the mineral boracite.
The city has road and rail connections with other urban centres. Balıkesir which is province centre is 90 km, Istanbul is 100 km northeast (by boat), Bursa 100 km east, İzmir 270 km southwest and Canakkale 170 km west. Also city has a seaport and military airport.
Bandırma was used by the Christian Crusade as a base for operations against the Greeks and local Anatolian tribes in the 13th century. During the following century, it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire, joining the empire.
The town, once known as Panderma, grew rapidly with the opening of the Izmir Railway in 1912. The port became more active, and hosted steamships from throughout the world, including British and German ships. The city had intentions to build larger docks for large steamships. When World War I started, construction halted. In 1918 the last shot of World War I was fired in the city. A monument stands at the location of the shell fall.
In 1922, the city was destroyed during the Turkish War of Independence.
Bandırma is one of TCDD's main seaports, therefore the city sees much freight railroad traffic. Two passenger trains also operate from Bandırma to İzmir daily. These being the "6 Eylül Ekspresi", and the "17 Eylül Ekspresi". A new railway project will connect Bandırma with Bursa. İDO also connects Bandırma with İstanbul, via ferry.
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Twin towns — Sister cities
Bandırma is twinned with:
Notable People from Bandırma
- Bekir Sami Günsav, Military officer in the Ottoman and Turkish armies
- Ahmet Nuri Öztekin, Military officer in the Ottoman and Turkish armies
- "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "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.
- Prothero, G.W. (1920). Anatolia. London: H.M. Stationery Office.
- Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları
- Inter-City Lines
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