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İpsala is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 40°55′18″N 26°22′55″E / 40.92167°N 26.38194°E / 40.92167; 26.38194Coordinates: 40°55′18″N 26°22′55″E / 40.92167°N 26.38194°E / 40.92167; 26.38194
Country Turkey
 • MayorMehmet Karagöz (CHP)
 • KaymakamMehmet Ali Gürbüz
 • District653.23 km2 (252.21 sq mi)
17 m (56 ft)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Checkpoint İpsala at the Greece–Turkey border crossing.

İpsala (Ancient Greek: Kypsela, Κύψελα, Greek: Ìpsala, Ύψαλα) is a town and district of Edirne Province in northwestern Turkey. It is the location of one of the main border checkpoints between Greece and Turkey. (The Greek town opposite İpsala is Kipoi.) The population is 8,332 (the city) and 30,112 (whole district).

The state road D.110 (European route E 90) connects the border checkpoint İpsala with Tekirdağ at the coast of Marmara Sea.


In Roman and Byzantine times, this was the town of Cypsela, which belonged to the Roman province of Rhodope, whose capital and metropolitan see was Traianopolis.

From the 7th century onward, the bishopric of Cypsela, initially a suffragan of Traianopolis, appears in the Notitiae Episcopatuum as an autocephalous archdiocese. Its bishops Georgius and Theophylactus were present respectively at the Second Council of Constantinople (553) and the Second Council of Nicaea (787). Stephanus was at both the Council of Constantinople (869) and the Council of Constantinople (879).[3][4] No longer a residential bishopric, Cypsela is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[5]


  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  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. ^ Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. I, coll. 1203-1204
  4. ^ Raymond Janin, v. Cypsela, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. XIII, Paris 1956, coll. 1161-1162
  5. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 870