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Colonnades of ancient Soli Pompeipolis
Colonnades of ancient Soli Pompeipolis within Mezitli District
Official logo of Mezitli
Mezitli is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 36°45′00″N 34°32′00″E / 36.75000°N 34.53333°E / 36.75000; 34.53333Coordinates: 36°45′00″N 34°32′00″E / 36.75000°N 34.53333°E / 36.75000; 34.53333
Country Turkey
Province Mersin
 • Mayor Neşet Tarhan (CHP)
 • Kaymakam Emin Sait Karahaliloğlu
Population (2012)[1]
 • Urban 140,326
 • District 151,394
Post code 333xx
Area code(s) 0324
Licence plate 33

Mezitli is a municipality and district governorate in Greater Mersin, Turkey. Mersin is one of 30 metropolitan centers in Turkey with more than one municipality within city borders. Now in Mersin there are four second-level municipalities in addition to Greater Mersin (büyükşehir) municipality.


Mezitli at about 36°45′N 34°32′E / 36.750°N 34.533°E / 36.750; 34.533 composes the western part of Mersin proper. Southern quarters of Mezitli are popularly known as Viranşehir (ruined city) because of the ruins. (see below) Yenişehir, another municipality of Mersin, is in the east of Mezitli, Mediterranean sea is in the south and Toros Mountains in the north.[2] In the west of Mezitli there are summer houses and coastal villages most of which are specialized in citrus industry.


The ruins of the ancient Greek city of Soli, which was renamed by Roman general Pompey as Pompeipolis (Πομπηιόπολη) is within Mezitli. Soli was the dominion of Rhodes, Persian Empire (Achaemenids), Macedonian Empire, Seleucid Empire, Roman Empire and its successor Byzantine Empire. But after the great earthquake in 528, the city lost its former glory. In later years, the ruins of the city was a part of Umayyad Caliphate, Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, Crusades, Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, Ramadanids, and Ottoman Empire. In the early 20th century, there was only a small village just north of Soli, named after "Mezitoğlu" a Oghuz tribe. The town municipality was established in 1968. But after the fast growth in population, the district of Mezitli is established within Greater Mersin and the municipality became one of Mersin intracity municipalities in 2008.


According to 2012 figures the population of Mezitli is 140,326 (68.492 male and 71,834 female citizens).[3] as of 2012 approximately % 14 of Mersin citizens are living in Mezitli.


Mezitli is known as a district of middle class residences. Most of Mezitli citizens are either retired or active working people. (Most of business offices are in the other municipalities of Mersin.)

Rural area[edit]

There are 15 villages and two towns in the rural area of Mezitli. The total population of the district is (urban and rural) 151,394 [3]

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References and Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Turkstat". Turkish Statistical Institute. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)