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Marmara Region

The area of activity of the Union covers the Marmara Region which is Turkey’s most important region and a bridge between Europe and Asia. It covers 8.5 percent of the country with a surface area of 67.300 km2 (25,984 sq mi). The Marmara Region is surrounded by the Black Sea and Central Anatolia Regions to the east, the Aegean Region to the south and Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest.

Istanbul - fish market and spice bazaar

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Istanbul - fish market and spice bazaar

At the foot of the new Galata Bridge, numerous fisherman stand in a line along the shore - sometimes with a small piece of iron wire instead of a fishing rod.

Tekirdağ - Wine and Raki from Thrace!

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Tekirdağ - Wine and Raki from Thracia!

The picture-perfect bay of Tekirdağ is framed by high mountains, which gave the city its name: Tekir Dağı, in ancient times the mountain Combos. The city was already mentioned by Herodotus.

Tekirdag - Ancient temple in Heraion-Teikhos unearthed

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Tekirdağ - antiker Tempel in Heraion-Teikhos ausgegraben

Ongoing excavations at the Heraion-Teikhos ancient city in the western province of Tekirdağ have unearthed a temple at the city's acropolis. The temple, belonging to the ancient Thracian civilization, was thought to have disappeared in a fire that occurred in 2 BC.

Souvenirs of Popular Craftsmen from Turkey

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Souvenirs of Popular Craftsmen

A Journey to Turkey means a journey into the history, culture, trade and pleasure. You can remember about this admiring souvenirs worth bringing from Turkey by anyone who will go to this country.

Sapanca Gölü - local recreation near Istanbul

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Sapanca Gölü - local recreation near Istanbul

We were driving on the highway from Istanbul towards Ankara about 15 kilometres after passing Izmit, when we have seen the Sapanca Lake in all its beauty, shimmering blue, on the left.

Bilecik province between Lake Iznik, Bursa and Eskisehir

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Bilecik province between Lake Iznik, Bursa and Eskisehir

In addition to the Turkish provinces of Bursa, Sakarya, Bolu, Kütahya and Eskişehir, which are all known far beyond the country's borders due to some products or events (Bursa for large industrial collections, Kütahya for porcelain factories), the province of Bilecik with the provincial capital of the same name of the Marmara region is almost Completely unknown and that despite the close proximity to the mentioned provinces.

Yalova on the Sea of Marmara - Istanbul by ferry

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We were coming from Bursa on the D 575 towards Yalova. Since we only want to go on a day trip to Istanbul this time, we decided to take the speedboat ferry across the Sea of Marmara to avoid having to drive the much longer way around the bay of Izmit.

Adapazarı at the delta of the Sakarya River

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Adapazarı at the delta of the Sakarya River

Originally, Adapazarı was a small village that was located on a branch of the Sakarya river and was simply called Ada after the Turkish occupation under Sultan Orhan I in 1324.

The freshwater Lake Uluabat (Gölü) near Bursa

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The freshwater Lake Uluabat (Gölü) near Bursa

Once in the vicinity of Bursa, we of course also wanted to see the large freshwater lake Uluabat (Uluabat Gölü), or as it is often called due to the former Greek city, the Apolyont lake.

Roman Sangarius Bridge at Adapazari

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Roman Sangarius Bridge at Adapazari

Another late Roman bridge worth seeing is in the ancient landscape of Bithynia (in North-Western Anatolia), just about five kilometres outside the city of Adapazarı across the Sangarius River.

The Selimiye Mosque in Edirne - Mimar Sinan

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The Selimiye Mosque in Edirne - Sinan

Many buildings were built by Sinan, the master builder, during the Ottoman Empire, but his “masterpiece”, as he had seen it, is the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne (Edirne Selimiye Camii).

Lake Gala and Evros Delta next to Enez

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Lake Gala and Evros Delta next to Enez

Not far from the border with Greece, about 10 kilometres away from the city of Enez near Ipsala, known to many travellers as a border crossing point, is the Lake Gala in South-West of Turkey, which is sometimes also known with the name Celtik Gölü.

Istanbul Airport Sabiha Gökçen - International

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Istanbul Airport Sabiha Gökçen - International

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: LTFJ) is one of the airports serving Istanbul, Turkey. The facility is named after Sabiha Gökçen, the first female combat pilot in the world. It is on the Asian side of the bicontinental city, Istanbul. 

Çanakkale and Gelibolu Peninsula - Europe and Asia

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Die Provinzmetropole Çanakkale

The provincial capital of Çanakkale, is located in the Çanakkale Strait’s most narrow region. Çanakkale is located in an area and important stop to be able to take a trip to the 30 km Troy and Gelibolu peninsula.Read More

Istanbul Airport - former Atatürk Airport

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Flughafen İstanbul - Atatürk

Istanbul Airport (formerly Ataturk Airport (IATA: IST, ICAO: LTBA) (Turkish: Ataturk Uluslararası Havalimanı) is an international airport in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

An Amethyst Mine in the mountains of Dursunbey

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An Amethyst Mine in the mountains of Dursunbey

We were following the main road from Dursunbey to the right towards Beyel, continued to the fire station that brought us to about 800 meters above sea level in its park-like grounds, to the Dursunbey river and to the imposing canyons and on the way back to the local Amethyst Mine.

Open air Stalactite formations at Dursunbey Cayi

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Open air Stalactite formations at Dursunbey Cayi

During our exploration along the Dursunbey Cayi, we came across a small stream which was to pass by car before we could reach into a rich, green lawn that was used by backpack hikers traveling with a tent during these days.

Sultan Ahmet Mosque - Blue Mosque in Istanbul

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Die Blaue Moschee - Sultan Ahmet Moschee

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque or with its more popular name, the Blue Mosque, is located in the oldest part of the city İstanbul, opposite of the famous Cathedral Hagia Sophia, just a short walk from Topkapi Palace.

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