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Official logo of Burhaniye
Hacıahmet mosque, Burhaniye
Location of Burhaniye within Turkey.
Location of Burhaniye within Turkey.
Burhaniye is located in Turkey
Location of Burhaniye within Turkey.
Coordinates: 39°30′N 26°57′E / 39.500°N 26.950°E / 39.500; 26.950Coordinates: 39°30′N 26°57′E / 39.500°N 26.950°E / 39.500; 26.950
Country  Turkey
Region Aegean
Province Balıkesir
 • Mayor Necdet Uysal (AKP)
 • District 279.96 km2 (108.09 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 41,918
 • District 52,787
 • District density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) 266
Licence plate 10
Website www.burhaniye.gov.tr

Burhaniye is a coastal town and district of Balıkesir Province in the Aegean region of Turkey. The district is located on the Aegean coast and is known for its olive oil.

Burhaniye has a port and a museum of archeology. A museum for the Turkish National Movement was inaugurated in 2008 under the name Burhaniye Kuvay-ı Milliye Müzesi.[3] A biennial festival, Ören Tourism and Art Festival, is organized in July.


Burhaniye was founded as Taylıeli ('Town of Taylı') village, named after one of the Turkish beys who came to the aid of Seljuk ruler Süleyman. At the beginning of the 14th century it came under the domain of the Karasids and grew as it attracted migrants. In Ottoman times, it was also known as Kemer and attached to Edremit until 1866 and became the centre of a district named after itself. It was renamed Burhaniye after the Ottoman Prince Şehzade Burhanettin. On 29 June 1920, it was occupied by the Greek army, who set fire to the town and destroyed the town's main mosque before retreating.[citation needed]

On 8 June 1922 the town was freed from Greek occupation. As the Greeks were retreating they intended to burn and destroy the town center, however this was prevented by Borazan Çavuş from Pelitköy, who climbed on a minaret and when he saw the Greek enemy units approaching, played the attack tune on his Bugle. He tricked the Greeks into thinking that the town center had a Turkish military presence and thus the Greeks continued their retreat without entering the town center and it was saved from destruction.[4] In front of the Atatürk statue there is a monument with a sculpture of a rifle and bugle in commemoration of Borazan Çavuş and the Kuva-yi Milliye. Until 1992 there was also a sculpture by Gürdal Duyar depicting Borazan Çavuş.

Burhaniye is 4 kilometres east of the site of ancient Adramyttium, which was later moved 13 kilometres northeast to Edremit.[5] Its history is described in the article on the modern town, which has inherited the name of the old.


Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Burhaniye is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  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. ^ http://www.haberturk.com/kultur-sanat/haber/110924-burhaniyede-kuvayi-milliye-muzesi-acildi
  4. ^ "Borazan İsmail Çavuş". ORJAN TATİL SİTESİ. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  5. ^ Mordtmann, J. H.; Ménage, V. L.. "Edremit." Encyclopédie de l’Islam. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 30 September 2014
  6. ^ Sister/Twin Cities of Balıkesir Province

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