Taraklı

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Taraklı
Taraklı is located in Turkey
Taraklı
Taraklı
Coordinates: 40°23′49″N 30°29′34″E / 40.39694°N 30.49278°E / 40.39694; 30.49278Coordinates: 40°23′49″N 30°29′34″E / 40.39694°N 30.49278°E / 40.39694; 30.49278
Country Turkey
Province Sakarya
Area[1]
 • District 332 km2 (128 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 3,017
 • District 6,853
 • District density 21/km2 (53/sq mi)

Taraklı is a historic district in northwestern Turkey. It is surrounded by forest and located approximately mid-way between Istanbul and Ankara in the Sakarya Province of the Marmara region. The district governor is Ömer Yılmaz, and the mayor is Tacettin Özkaraman (AKP).

A member of the Cittaslow movement, Tarakli features cobblestone streets and architecture dating back to the Ottoman Empire.[3] The town has undergone extensive renovations and has gained attention as a tourist destination.[4] A local bazaar offers handmade crafts like wooden combs and spoons.[5] Nearby attractions include thermal springs, the Karagöl Plateau, and Hark Canyon and Cave.[6]

The Yunus Pasha Mosque, built in 1517 by Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, lies at the center of Tarakli.[7] It was built with molten lead and heated from below with steam from an adjacent public bath.[4]

Contents

References[edit]

  1. ^ "İl ve İlçe Yüzölçümleri" [Provincial and District surface area] (in Turkish). Harita Genel Komutanlığı. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to Taraklı". European Commission. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Taraklı". Cittaslow Turkiye. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tarakli in Sakarya". GoTurkeyTourism. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ottoman Elegance: Taraklı". Turkish Airlines Skylife Magazine. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "EDEN 2013: Turkey: Taraklı District". EUenterprise YouTube channel. Retrieved 5 February 2014.