View of Ordu from Boztepe hill
|• Mayor||Enver Yılmaz (AKP)|
|• District||303.55 km2 (117.20 sq mi)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|• District density||610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
In the 8th century BC, the settlement of Cotyora (also spelled Kotyora) was founded in this area as one of a string of colonies along the Black Sea coast established by the Miletians. Xenophon mentions the town (Anabasis V.5.3f), as does Strabo much later (XII.3.17). Arrian, in his 131 CE guidebook Periplus of the Euxine Sea, describes it as a village "and not a large one."
The area came under the control of the Danishmends, then the Seljuk Turks in 1214 and 1228, and the Hacıemiroğulları Beylik in 1346. Afterwards, it passed to the dominion of the Ottomans in 1461 along with the Empire of Trabzon.
The modern city was founded by the Ottomans as Bayramlı near Eskipazar as a military outpost 5 km (3 mi) west of Ordu.
In 1869, the name was changed to Ordu and united with the districts of Bolaman, Perşembe, Ulubey, Hansamana (Gölköy) and Aybastı. Ordu province was created at 17 April 1920.
The Sağra factory shop, selling many varieties of chocolate-covered hazelnuts, is one of the town's attractions.
The Boztepe aerial tramway is another popular attraction which is set to become a modern symbol for the city.
Local music is typical of the Black Sea region, including the kemençe. The cuisine is primarily based on local vegetables and includes both typical Turkish dishes - such as pide and kebab- and more unique fare - such as plain or caramel 'burnt ice-cream'.
Today the city is the centre of a large hazelnut processing industry, including Sağra, one of the largest Turkish hazelnut processors and exporters, and Fiskobirlik, the largest hazelnut co-op in the world.
Places of interest
- Paşaoğlu Konağı and Ethnographic museum - a ethnographic museum.
- Taşbaşı Cultural Centre - a cultural centre
- Boztepe - a hill of 550 m (1,800 ft) overlooking the town from the west. Since June 2012, an aerial lift system provides an easy way of transportation between the city's coastline and the hilltop. The Ordu Boztepe Gondola can transport hourly 900 passengers up to the hilltop in 6.5 minutes.
- Old Houses of Ordu in the old city center
- Yalı Camii, also called Aziziye Camii - a mosque
- Atik İbrahim Paşa Camii, also called Orta Cami - a mosque built in 1770
- Eski Pazar Camii - a mosque with adjoining Turkish baths
- Efirli Camii - a mosque
The city is the home of the Orduspor football club. Its base is the 19 Eylül Stadium in the heart of the city. The City has a basketball team it is orduspor too. Orduspor football team is playing on the Super League of Turkiye
Twin towns—Sister cities
Ordu is twinned with:
Ordu has a borderline oceanic/humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb/Cfa), like most of the eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey, with warm and humid summers and cool and damp winters. Ordu has a high and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. Precipitation is heaviest in autumn and spring.
Snowfall is quite common between the months of December and March, snowing for a week or two, and it can be heavy once it snows.
The water temperature, like in the rest of the Black Sea coast of Turkey, is always cool and fluctuates between 8 and 20 °C (46 and 68 °F) throughout the year.
|Climate data for Ordu|
|Average high °C (°F)||10.9
|Average low °C (°F)||3.8
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||100.2
|Avg. rainy days||14.9||14.3||15.5||14.8||13.0||11.3||9.9||9.3||12.1||14.5||13.5||14.5||157.6|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||77.5||81.2||105.4||129||173.6||213||192.2||195.3||156||127.1||99||74.4||1,623.7|
|Source: Devlet Meteoroloji İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü|
People from Ordu
- Ertuğrul Günay - politician who is a former Minister for Culture and Tourism.
- Kadir İnanır - film actor.
- Mehmet Hilmi Güler - politician who was Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
- Arif Hikmet Onat - politician who represented Ordu
- Bahriye Üçok - writer and activist
- Oktay Ekşi - politician representing Ordu
- Ümit Tokcan - folk musician
- Kamil Sönmez - folk musician
- İbrahim Fırtına - former military commander
- Soner Arıca - musician
- Sami Aksu - musician
- Mesut Mıhcı - traveller
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