From West Side of Turkey (Tekirdağ)
Tekirdağ, a Rumelian city. It has un unparalleled appeal with its geographical and cultural values. Our resposibility is to preserve the existing assets of our Tekirdağ and to take steps which will highlight its Rumelian identity. To make Tekirdağ a huge artwork with its architecture, infrastructure, cultural activities and social potential.
How the city is constructed is what determines that people live peaceful, free, prosperous, productive and prolific lives. Cities teach us manners, Cities indoctrinate us, Cities leave traces in us.
Tekirdag grows rapidly just like a sunflower. How much we provide intellectual work, artistic energy and elbow grease, that much Tekirdağ will offer us a quality life. This is the law of a city, just like laws of nature.
Tekirdag is a sturdy, deep-seated city. It has an urban heritage worthy of treasure and a great power for advancement. West Side of Turkey mire than proves this.
Once Upon a Time in Thrace
In the earliest times of known history these lands were inhabited by Trachians. Until Alexander the Great ended their hegemony in 4th century B.C., the region from the south of today’s Romania until middle Greece and Inner-West Anatolia was under the rule of Trachians.
From Rome to Byzantium
The Roman Empire ruled the region in 2nd century B.C. Two ancient cities emerge frome inside the borders of Tekirdağ: Bisanthe and Heraion Teikhos. Roman Road, Via Egnatia, built during this era starts from Istanbul, passes through Çorlu and Marmara Ereğlisi districts of Tekirdağ and reaches up to the Adriatic.
Formerly Knows as Rodosto
Rodosto was the name of Tekirdağ during the rule of the Byzantine Empire. The fertile soil of the city is one of the most important cereal resources of the capital Constantinople.
Tekirdağ was taken over by Ottomans by Süleyman Pasha, son of Orhan Gazi, in 1357 and is one of the first cities to be conquered in Rumeli.
Records refer to the city as Rodosçuk from the time of its conquest until the 18th century. The name Tekfurdağı appears in the 18th century. The city is renamed Tekirdağ during the Republican era.
The West Side of Turkey
Tekirdag is the Rumeli right next to İstanbul. It is the West Side of Turkey with its modern face.
Tekirdağ’s Most Famous Yellow
The sunflower of Tekirdağ are the happy-faced children of the sun. Their yellow color is what jumps to mind first when Tekirdağ’s name is called upon…
What the Sea Brings
A slim fish hook or a huge fishing net… A few fish or the entire fertility of the sea awaits you in the generous sea of Tekirdağ. May good luck be with you…
Fishermen on the Tekirdağ harbor embroider their hopes on their fishnets…
The fish trap in Şarköy is a passage towards eternity. But only lovers can pass through it.
Blue All Over
The fish trap is not only a mecca for fishermen but also for photographers. Some people throw their fish hooks into the sea for a delicious fish, some lie in ambush for a breathtaking shot.
In the Lap of Dutlimanı
Dutlimanı harbors a historical monastery on its peak and promises a matchless experience for nature-lovers in each corner.
House of Atatürk
The memorabilia of Atatürk in the house he drank coffee when he arrived in Muratlı by train in 1936 still dance to the Rumeli folk songs.
The Hungarian Prince Ferenc Rakoczi II starts a war of independence after the Austrian invasion of Hungary. Following Austria’s containment of resistance, Rakoczi sends an asylum request to the Ottoman Empire.
To be continued.