Bilecik Province

Bilecik Province (Turkish: Bilecik ili) is a province in midwest Turkey, neighboring Bursa to the west, Kocaeli and Sakarya to the north, Bolu to the east, Eskişehir to the southeast and Kütahya to the south, spanning an area of 4,307 km2. The population is 225,381. Most of the province laid down in Marmara Region but eastern parts of Gölpazarı and Söğüt district and districts of İnhisar and Yenipazar remained in Black Sea Region, smaller southeastern parts of Bozüyük and Söğüt remained in Central Anatolia Region and smaller southwestern part of Bozüyük remained in Aegean Region.

Bilecik Province

Bilecik ili
Location of Bilecik Province in Turkey
Location of Bilecik Province in Turkey
CountryTurkey
RegionEast Marmara
SubregionBursa
Government
 • Electoral districtBilecik
Area
 • Total4,307 km2 (1,663 sq mi)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total223,448
 • Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Area code(s)0228
Vehicle registration11

Districts

Bilecik province is divided into 8 districts (capital district in bold):

History

The region was inhabited as early as 3000 BC, and was part of the territory controlled by such notable civilizations as the Hittites (1400–1200 BC), the Phrygians (1200–676 BC), Lydians (595–546 BC), Persians (546–334 BC), Romans (74–395 AD) and Byzantians (395 AD to late 13th century, with two brief occupations by Ummayads in between).

The region also contains Söğüt, the small town where the Ottoman Empire was founded in 1299, and is the source of important archeological as well as cultural artifacts.

Sites of interest

In Söğüt a site of interest is the Ethnographical Museum.

The town Bilecik is famous for its numerous restored Turkish houses.

Some other sites of interest in the province are: Osman Gazi and Orhan Gazi mosques, Seyh Edebali and Mal Hatun mausoleums, Köprülü Mehmet Pasha mosque, Köprülü Caravanserai, Kaplikaya tombs, Rüstem Pasha mosque, and Gülalan Pavilion.

Gallery

Cengellerkoyu2

A view from Çengeller village in Gölpazarı

Bilecik-Bozüyük

On the way from Bilecik to Bozüyük

Çelebi Mehmet Camii

Çelebi Mehmet Mosque in Söğüt

Dursun Fakih Türbesi

The türbe of Dursun Fakih in Söğüt

See also

References

  1. ^ "Population of provinces by years - 2000-2018". Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2019.

External links

Coordinates: 40°06′24″N 30°07′33″E / 40.10667°N 30.12583°E

Akçay Dam

Akçay Dam is a dam in Turkey. It is on Akçay River which is a tributary of Sakarya River.

It is situated in Gölpazarı ilçe (district) of Bilecik Province at 40°17′N 30°25′E close to Softalar village. It is a rockfill dam. The height of the dam is 55 metres (180 ft) and the dam volume is 413,000 cubic metres (14,600,000 cu ft). Its storage capacity is 9,750,000 cubic metres (344,000,000 cu ft). The dam has recently been completed. After water holding phase, 10,660 decares (10.66 km2; 4.12 sq mi) of agricultural land will be irrigated.

Bilecik

Bilecik is the provincial capital of Turkey's Bilecik Province. The population of the town is 62,320 (as of 2010). The mayor is Selim Yağcı (AKP).

The town is famous for its numerous restored Turkish houses. It is increasingly becoming more attractive to tourists. With its rich architectural heritage, Bilecik is a member of the European Association of Historic Towns and Regions.30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast from Bilecik is Söğüt, a small town, where the Ottoman Empire was founded in 1299.

Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University

Bilecik University is a university located in Bilecik, Turkey. It was established in 2007.

Bozüyük

Bozüyük is a town and district of Bilecik Province in the Marmara region of Turkey. The mayor is Fatih Bakıcı (AKP).

Darıdere Dam

Darıdere Dam is a dam in Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.

Dodurga Dam

Dodurga Dam is a dam in Sinop Province, Turkey, built between 1990 and 2000. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.

Eirakla

Eirakla was a town of ancient Bithynia, inhabited in Roman times. The name does not occur among ancient authors but is inferred from epigraphic and other evidence.Its site is located near Soğucakpinar, Asiatic Turkey.

Gölpazarı

Gölpazarı is a town and district of Bilecik Province in the Marmara region of Turkey. The mayor is Vedat Kazıcı (CHP).

Günyurdu Dam

Günyurdu Dam is a dam in Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.

Katapaspanas

Katapaspanas was a town of ancient Bithynia, inhabited in Roman times.Its site is located near Yukari Kınık, Asiatic Turkey.

Kızıldamlar Dam

Kızıldamlar Dam is a dam in Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.

List of populated places in Bilecik Province

Below is the list of populated places in Bilecik Province, Turkey by the districts. In the following lists first place in each list is the administrative center of the district.

Mossynea

Mossynea was a town of ancient Bithynia, inhabited in Roman times. The name does not occur among ancient authors but is inferred from epigraphic and other evidence.Its site is located near Urgancilar, Asiatic Turkey.

Oka (Bithynia)

Oka was a town of ancient Bithynia, inhabited in Roman times. The name does not occur among ancient authors but is inferred from epigraphic and other evidence.Its site is located near Harmanlar, Asiatic Turkey.

Ontoraita

Ontoraita was a town of ancient Bithynia, inhabited in Roman times. The name does not occur among ancient authors but is inferred from epigraphic and other evidence.Its site is located near Kükürt, Asiatic Turkey.

Syllanta

Syllanta was a town of ancient Bithynia, inhabited in Roman times. The name does not occur among ancient authors but is inferred from epigraphic and other evidence.Its site is located near Keskin, Asiatic Turkey.

Söğüt

Söğüt ([ˈsœ.yt]) is a town and district in Bilecik Province, Turkey. It is located in the Marmara region in the north-west of the country, with an area of 599 km2 (231 sq mi), bordering Bilecik to the west, Gölpazarı to the north, İnhisar to the north-east, Tepebaşı (Eskişehir) to the south-east, and Bozüyük to the south-west. Söğüt district has 5 boroughs and 23 villages, with the population last recorded as 21,012 citizens (2000), but according to a 2010 estimate the population was 19,425.

Söğüt is notable as the founding location and first capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1299 to 1335.

Söğüt Ertuğrul Gazi Museum

Söğüt Ertuğrul Gazi Museum (a.k.a. Söğüt Museum, Turkish: Söğüt Ertuğrul Gazi Müzesi) is a museum in Söğüt ilçe (district) of Bilecik Province, Turkey.

Söğüt is notable as being the town from which the Ottoman Empire originated. Ertuğrul, the father of the Osman I (the founder of the empire), has a tomb in Söğüt. Although bearing his name, the museum building is not in the same quarter of Söğüt.Originally the three-storey wooden building was an Ottoman dispensary built in the early 1900s. In 2001, after restoration, the building was opened as a museum.The museum has many ethnographic items from the Bilecik area Yörüks: old clothes, carpets, weighing instruments, flags, weapons and coin purses. There are also archaeological items such as earthenware kitchen tools from the Roman Empire and coins from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras.

Tattaios

Tattaios was a town of ancient Bithynia, inhabited in Roman and Byzantine times.Its site is located near Arıcaklar, Asiatic Turkey.

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