Taraklı

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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)
Climate Csb

Taraklı is a historic district in northwestern Turkey. It is surrounded by forest and located approximately midway 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "İl ve İlçe Yüzölçümleri" [Provincial and District surface area] (PDF) (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.