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Defne is a new intracity district and second level municipality in Hatay Province, Turkey. According to Law act no 6360, all Turkish provinces with a population more than 750000, were declared metropolitan municipality. The law also created new districts within the capital city which have second level municipalities in addition the metropolitan municipality. [1] Pamukkale is one of them.

Thus after 2014 the present Hatay central district was split into two. A part was named Defne and the name Hatay was reserved for the metropolitan municipality. (Defne means laurus which is one of the agricultural products of Hatay Province; it is also related to the ancient suburb of Antioch, Daphne.)

Rural area[edit]

There were 9 towns and 24 villages in the rural area of Defne district. Now their official status became "neighborhood of Defne".


  1. ^ Official gazette (Turkish)

Coordinates: 36°11′59″N 36°09′15″E / 36.1997°N 36.1542°E / 36.1997; 36.1542