Kırklareli Province

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Kırklareli Province
Kırklareli ili
Province of Turkey
Location of Kırklareli Province in Turkey
Location of Kırklareli Province in Turkey
Country Turkey
Region Marmara
Capital Kırklareli
Government
 • Governor Ali Haydar Öner
Area
 • Total 6,550 km2 (2,530 sq mi)
Population (2010-12-31)[1]
 • Total 332,791
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Area code(s) 0288
Vehicle registration 39
Website http://www.kirklareli.gov.tr/

Kırklareli Province (Turkish: Kırklareli ili) is a province in northwestern Turkey on the west coast of the Black Sea. The province neighbours Bulgaria to the north along a 180 kilometers long border. It borders the province of Edirne to the west and the province of Tekirdağ to the south and province of Istanbul to the southeast. Kırklareli is the capital city of the province. The province's and its central city's name means "the land of the forties" in Turkish and it may refer either to the forty Ottoman ghazis sent by the sultan Murad I to conquer the city for the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century or to the forty churches reported to be situated in the region before the Ottoman conquest. There is a memorial on a hilltop in Kırklareli city, called "Kırklar Anıtı" (the Memorial of the Forties in Turkish) to honor the Ottoman conquerors (For more on the name's origins, see Kırklareli).

The province is bisected by the Yıldız (Istranca) mountain range. The north and northeastern parts of the province are among the least populated and under developed parts of Turkey. The districts to the south and west are more populated because the land is better suited for agriculture and industrial development. The north and eastern parts of the province are dominated by forests. Therefore forestry is an important means of living in these areas. Fishing is done along the Black Sea coast.

Local attractions[edit]

Dupnisa Cave is a famous natural attraction and a unique geological formation within the borders of the province in the north. The 60 km long coast along the Black Sea harbors one of the most pristine and undeveloped beaches in all of Turkey. There are two Nature Reserve Areas along the coast namely Saka Gölü (Saka Lake) Nature Reserve Area to the north and Kasatura Körfezi (Kasatura Bay) Nature Reserve Area to the south. These sites are unique with their undisturbed ecosystems harboring several endangered and endemic plant and animal species.

Districts[edit]

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

Sister cities[edit]

Sister cities (Kardeş şehirler)

Kırklareli is twinned with:

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

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°40′52″N 27°28′17″E / 41.68111°N 27.47139°E / 41.68111; 27.47139