Kırklareli Province (Turkish: Kırklareli ili, Bulgarian: Лозенград) is a province in northwestern Turkey on the west coast of the Black Sea. The province neighbours Bulgaria to the north along a 180-kilometre (110 mi) long border. It borders the province of Edirne to the west and the province of Tekirdağ to the south and province of Istanbul to the southeast. Kırklareli is the capital city of the province. The province's and its central city's name means "the land of the forties" in Turkish and it may refer either to the forty Ottoman ghazis sent by the sultan Murad I to conquer the city for the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century or to the forty churches reported to be situated in the region before the Ottoman conquest, as attested by the former name of Kırklareli (Kırk Kilise in Turkish; Σαράντα Εκκλησιές, Saranta Eklesies in Greek). There is a memorial on a hilltop in Kırklareli city, called "Kırklar Anıtı" (the Memorial of the Forties in Turkish) to honor the Ottoman conquerors (For more on the name's origins, see Kırklareli).
The province is bisected by the Yıldız (Istranca) mountain range. The north and northeastern parts of the province are among the least populated and under developed parts of Turkey. The districts to the south and west are more populated because the land is better suited for agriculture and industrial development. The north and eastern parts of the province are dominated by forests. Therefore, forestry is an important means of living in these areas. Fishing is done along the Black Sea coast.
Location of Kırklareli Province in Turkey
|• Electoral district||Kırklareli|
|• Governor||Ali Haydar Öner|
|• Total||6,550 km2 (2,530 sq mi)|
|• Density||55/km2 (140/sq mi)|
The province of Kırklareli is an important region for viticulture and winemaking. A syrup called "Hardaliye", made of grape, cherry leaves and mustard seeds, is a non-alcoholic beverage special to the region.
Dupnisa Cave is a famous natural attraction and a unique geological formation within the borders of the province in the north. The 60 km long coast along the Black Sea harbors one of the most pristine and undeveloped beaches in all of Turkey. There are two Nature Reserve Areas along the coast namely Saka Gölü (Saka Lake) Nature Reserve Area to the north and Kasatura Körfezi (Kasatura Bay) Nature Reserve Area to the south. These sites are unique with their undisturbed ecosystems harboring several endangered and endemic plant and animal species.
Kırklareli province is divided into eight districts (capital district in bold):
Kırklareli is twinned with:
Armağan Dam is a dam in Kırklareli Province, Turkey, built between 1986 and 1998.Babaeski
Babaeski is a town and district of Kırklareli Province in the Marmara region of Turkey. The countyship has a population of 29,342 and the total area of the district is 652 km².Bergule
Bergule or Bergula or Bergoule (Ancient Greek: Βεργούλη), also Bergulium or Bergoulion (Βεργούλιον), also called Bergulae or Virgulae, was a town in ancient Thrace, which was in later times called Arcadiopolis, Arcadiupolis, or Arkadioupolis (Ἀρκαδιούπολις). It was noted by Ptolemy, and inhabited during Roman and Byzantine times. Under the name Arcadiopolis in Europa it was the seat of a bishop; no longer a residential see, it remains a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church.Its site is located near Lüleburgaz in European Turkey.Burtudizon
Burtudizon was a town of ancient Thrace, inhabited during Roman and Byzantine times.Its site is located near Babaeski in European Turkey.Kayalıköy Dam
Kayalıköy Dam is a dam in Turkey, situated between Kocataş Tepesi, Kayalı and Eriklice. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.Kırklareli Dam
Kırklareli Dam is a dam in Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.Kırklareli Museum
Kırklareli Museum (Turkish: Kırklareli Müzesi) is a national museum in Kırklareli, Turkey, exhibiting natural history specimens, ethnographical items related to the region's history of cultural life, and archaeological artifacts found in and around the city. The director of the museum is Derya Balkan.Kırıkkale MKE Weapons Industry Museum
Kırıkkale MKE Weapon Industry Museum (Turkish: MKE Silah Sanayi Müzesi) is a museum in Kırıkkale , Turkey. It is at 39°50′48″N 33°30′55″E.Kırıkkale is an industrial city. Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation of Turkey (MKE for shorth) has a weapons factory in Kırıkkale. The museum was established by MKE on 15 July 1990. On 2 November 1993 it was transferred to its current location.
The collection of the museum, as the name implies, is composed of historical (14th-20th centuries) weapons. These weapons are collected from all over Turkey. They are either Turkish or European made. Presently there are 299 weapons in the museum.Kıyıköy
Kıyıköy, formerly Midye, ancient/medieval Medea (Greek: Μήδεια), is a village in the district of Vize in Kırklareli Province at northwestern Turkey. It is situated on the coast of the Black Sea. It is 36 km (22 mi) far from the district center and 95 km (59 mi) away from the province center. The village became a municipality in 1987. The population of Kıyıköy is 2,077 according to the 2010 National Census.Fishing and forestry are the main ways of living in addition to tourism in the summer. The town has a small beach. The area surrounding the town is covered by dense forests of mainly oak. Two streams, Kazandere and Pabuçdere, surround the town in the south and the north respectively. Flowing into the Black Sea, these streams are suitable for fishing, boating and swimming.
The Kasatura Bay Nature Reserve Area is 18 km (11 mi) south of the town along the Black Sea. The site harbors a pristine forest and a beach. The only naturally growing grove of black pine (Pinus nigra) in the European part Rumelia of Turkey is found at this site.
Medea is a Roman Catholic titular seeThe village is scheduled to host the onshore terminal of the Turkish Stream pipeline from Russia.List of populated places in Kırklareli Province
Below is the list of populated places in Kırklareli Province, Turkey by the districts. In the following lists first place in each list is the administrative center of the district.Lüleburgaz
Lüleburgaz (Turkish: [lyˈlebuɾɡaz]) is a town and district of Kırklareli Province in the Marmara region of Turkey.Narco (Thrace)
Narco was a settlement and station (mutatio) of ancient Thrace, inhabited during Byzantine times.Its site is located east of Bergule in European Turkey.Scylla (Thrace)
Scylla or Scyllae was a town of ancient Thrace, on the Euxine, where the long wall, erected by the emperor Anastasius I Dicorus for the defence of Constantinople, terminated. This wall commenced at Selymbria, on the Propontis, and was carried across the narrow part of Thrace, at the distance of about 40 miles from Constantinople, its length being 2 days' journey.Its site is located near Podima, Yalıköy in European Turkey.Sokollu Mehmed Pasha Mosque of Lüleburgaz
The Sokollu Mehmed Pasha Mosque of Lüleburgaz (Turkish: Lüleburgaz Sokollu Mehmet Paşa Camii) is a 16th-century Ottoman mosque located in the town of Lüleburgaz in the Kırklareli Province of northwestern Turkey.The mosque was commissioned by the grand vizier Sokollu Mehmed Pasha (in office 1565–1579) and designed by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan. It was built between 1565 and 1569-70 and forms part of a large complex that includes a madrasa, a hospice and a caravansarai.Tarpodizo
Tarpodizo was a settlement and station (mutatio) of ancient Thrace, inhabited during Roman and Byzantine times.Its site is located near Kayova in European Turkey.Thynias
Thynias (Ancient Greek: Θυνίας) was a town of ancient Thrace on the coast of the Pontus Euxinus on a promontory of the same name (modern İğneada Burnu), mentioned by numerous ancient authors. It was located north of Salmydessus, which was probably at one time in the territories of the Thyni, although Strabo speaks of the district as belonging to the people of Apollonia. According to Pliny the Elder, the town was placed a little to the south of the promontory.Its site is located near İğneada in European Turkey.Urisio
Urisio was a settlement and station (mutatio) of ancient Thrace, inhabited during Byzantine times.Its site is located west of Bergule in European Turkey.Utsurgae
Utsurgae was a settlement and station (mutatio) of ancient Thrace, inhabited during Byzantine times.Its site is located near Çakıllı in European Turkey.Vize
Vize (Greek: Βιζύη, Bulgarian: Виза) is a town and district of Kırklareli Province in the Marmara region of Turkey. District's governor is Savaş Ünlü, and the mayor is Sedat Balkı (MHP). In 2010 the population of the town was 12,196 and the district 29,153. The town's distance to the province center is 56 km (35 mi). Vize is situated on the state road D.020, which runs from Istanbul to Edirne through Kırklareli.
Kırklareli Province of Turkey
Metropolitan municipalities are bolded.
Metropolitan municipalities are bolded.