Tekirdağ

On the way to Tekirdağ from Istanbul, it is possible to see clues about Tekirdağ's identity on both sides of the road. While the left side is full of large and small marine resorts, yellow ochre (canola), green (wheat) and light yellow (sunflower) are the prevailing colors on right side of the road. Climbing a little more northward, one cannot miss the intense industrial areas around the towns of Çorlu and Çerkezköy. This panorama can immediately allow one to read that Tekirdağ is a province between agriculture and industry.

 When you are passing through the hills that accommodate some greenery and many newly-built buildings at the entrance of the city, summer houses that lie along the left side of the road make you feel like you are in a summer resort. When you reach the coast and get out of the car, the main noticeable elements are the odor of the sea, restaurants on the right side which serve well-promoted Tekirdağ meat balls, a mosque which was a gift from Sinan the Architect, and the newly activated Tekirdağ harbor on the left side, all of which make you feel that the coastal line is an empty place apart from small enterprises. Big shopping malls which are generally seen in fast-growing industrial cities, people and cars in the heavy traffic are new things in Tekirdağ.

The effects of the industrial zone which is intense around Çorlu and Çerkezköy have not been experienced in the city center of Tekirdağ. It has the characteristics of the agricultural western part of Mid-Thrace rather than the industrial east. The city has only one cinema, a cherry festival which is held one a year, restaurants, bars and amusement centers located in Değirmenaltı and the city center. Unfortunately, artistic activities such as theater and alike have not developed in the city yet.

That the city has an advantageous position in terms of tourism can be seen after a daily tour. The House of Rakoczi, national hero of the Hungarians, when he was in exile; an ethnography museum; old houses many of which are about to collapse; the governor's building in which the first steps of the alphabet reform were taken; Şarköy, which has a blue flag and which also includes the suburb-like Mürefte renowned for its grapes and wines; Uçmakdere with a suitable structure for wind surfing, beautiful scenery but with no facilities, Karacakılavuz with its handwoven products; the 19th Regiment where the soldiers mustered first for the magnificent resistance in Dardanelles and many more historical and cultural assets are the beauties of Tekirdağ. Despite these beauties and as a result of lack of promotion and infrastructure in tourism, Tekirdağ is a city which could only market its gulf.

For the development of the city, the infrastructure of the city should primarily be in accordance with those of metropolitan cities, historical buildings should be rescued and made visible, entities and institutions which will offer social areas in the name of social infrastructure should be founded immediately so that the city can leap forward.

Çerkezköy, Town Drifted by IndustryÇorlu, Capital of Thracian IndustryHayrabolu, Center of the Farming Equipment IndustryMalkara, Pioneer Town in Husbandry and Food Industry with Traces of Nomadic TraditionMarmara Ereğli, Town of Historical Assets, Summer and ArcheologyMuratlı, Intersection of RoadsSaray, Agricultural Town Where the Ergene River ArisesŞarköy, Where the Sea Meets with Wine
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