Bilecik Province

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Bilecik Province
Bilecik ili
Province of Turkey
Location of Bilecik Province in Turkey
Location of Bilecik Province in Turkey
Country Turkey
Region Marmara
Capital Bilecik
Area
 • Total 4,307 km2 (1,663 sq mi)
Population (2010-12-31)[1]
 • Total 225,381
 • Density 52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Area code(s) 0228
Vehicle registration 11

Bilecik Province (Turkish: Bilecik ili) is a province in midwest Turkey, neighboring Bursa to the west, Kocaeli and Sakarya to the north, Bolu to the east, Eskişehir to the southeast and Kütahya to the south, spanning an area of 4,307 km². Population is 225,381. Most of the province laid down in Marmara Region but eastern parts of Gölpazarı and Söğüt district and districts of İnhisar and Yenipazar remained in Black Sea Region, smaller southeastern parts of Bozüyük and Söğüt remained in Central Anatolian Region and smaller southwestern part of Bozüyük remained in Aegean Region.

Districts[edit]

Bilecik province is divided into 8 districts (capital district in bold):

History[edit]

The region was inhabited as early as 3000 BC, and was part of the territory controlled by such notable civilizations as the Hittites (1400–1200 BC), the Phrygians (1200–676 BC), Lydians (595–546 BC), Persians (546–334 BC), Romans (74–395 AD) and Byzantians (395 AD to late 13th century, with two brief occupations by Ummayads in between).

The region also contains Söğüt, the small town where the Ottoman Empire was founded in 1299, and is the source of important archeological as well as cultural artifacts.

Sites of interest[edit]

In Söğüt a site of interest is the Ethnographical Museum.

The town Bilecik is famous for its numerous restored Turkish houses.

Some other sites of interest in the province are: Osman Gazi and Orhan Gazi mosques, Seyh Edebali and Mal Hatun mausoleums, Köprülü Mehmet Pasha mosque, Köprülü Caravanserai, Kaplikaya tombs, Rüstem Pasha mosque, and Gülalan Pavilion.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turkish Statistical Institute, MS Excel document – Population of province/district centers and towns/villages and population growth rate by provinces

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Coordinates: 40°06′24″N 30°07′33″E / 40.10667°N 30.12583°E / 40.10667; 30.12583