Biggest Cities in Turkey

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Although the population growth rate is decreasing year by year, Turkey is still a young and dynamic country with an increasing population. So, which are the major cities in Turkey? What features do these cities stand out with?

Let's take a look at the answers to these questions together.

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10. Kocaeli


Kocaeli, one of Turkey's leading industrial cities, is located in the Marmara Region. With a population of 2,033,000, it is the 10th most populous province in Turkey.

The city, which has a coast to the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, has a highly developed industry, trade, transportation, communication and education infrastructure. In addition to being an industrial city, the natural beauties of the city, which has many cultural and historical heritages, are worth visiting...

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9. Gaziantep


Gaziantep, the pearl of Southeastern Anatolia, is Turkey's 9th most populous city with a population of 2,100,000.

Gaziantep is a growing and developing city with its delicious food, industry, agriculture, trade and tourism potential.

The city is home to many cultural heritage sites to visit, next to the Zeugma Ancient City, Mosaic Museum, Rumkale and Antep Castle.

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8. Şanlıurfa


Şanlıurfa, the ancient city of Mesopotamia, known as the city of prophets, is Turkey's 8th largest city with a population of 2,143,000.

Located in the Southeast Region, the city reveals its difference with its historical background, natural beauties, architectural structure, cultural features and unique cuisine.

Şanlıurfa is a city with many cultural heritages to visit, such as Göbeklitepe, Balıklı Lake, Halil-ür Rahman Mosque, Urfa Castle, and Harran Houses.

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7. Adana


Adana, located in the Mediterranean Region, is the 7th most populous city in Turkey with a population of 2,263,000.

Standing out with its Seyhan and Ceyhan rivers, historical and cultural artifacts, kebab, cotton and festivals that give life to Adana and Çukurova, Adana is one of Turkey's most important agriculture, industry, education and tourism cities.

6. Konya


Konya, which has a deep-rooted history, ranks first in terms of land size in Turkey, and ranks 6th among the most populated cities with a population of 2,277,000.

Having been the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk State for many centuries, Konya has a great historical and cultural heritage. The city, which is one of the biggest attraction centers of faith tourism in Anatolia, is filled with millions of visitors every year by the world-renowned great mystic Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. The indispensable part of the local cuisine of the city, which is also famous for its cuisine, is meat loaf.

5. Antalya


Antalya, the 5th most populous city in Turkey with a population of 2,619,000, has a highly developed tourism, industry, agriculture, trade, culture and art life.

Antalya is always a preferred holiday and sightseeing city with its magnificent natural beauties, historical riches, blue flag beaches, mysterious bays and thousands of touristic facilities that serve with professional teams.

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4. Bursa


Bursa, located in the Marmara Region, is the 4th most populous city in Turkey with a population of 3,147,000.

Bursa, one of the most important historical and cultural cities of Turkey, served as the capital of the Ottoman Empire for a long time. Bursa, which has a great heritage from the Ottoman centuries, has been on the UNESCO civilization heritage list since 2015.

Bursa has a dynamic industry, trade, transportation and agriculture sector besides tourism. Uludag Ski Center in Bursa is one of the most important holiday and entertainment locations in the world.

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3. İzmir


İzmir is the 3rd most populous city in Turkey with a population of 4,425,000.

It is a city that always attracts attention with its deep-rooted history, economy, maritime and land trade, education, culture, art and tourism potential.

İzmir is the center of attraction of the Aegean. It has holiday destinations such as Çeşme, Alaçatı, Urla, Karaburun, Seferihisar, Foça and Dikili. It is also home to a magnificent historical heritage such as Ephesus, Bergama and Selçuk.

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2. Ankara


Ankara, which has been the capital of the Republic of Turkey since 1923, is the second largest city in Turkey with a population of 5,750,000.

Ankara, located in the middle of Anatolia, is one of the leading cities in terms of transportation, communication, education, culture and art.

It is home to many attractions such as Ankara Castle, Anıtkabir, Hacı Bayram Veli Mosque, Kocatepe Mosque, War of Independence and Republic Museums.

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1. İstanbul


Istanbul, the most populated city in Turkey with a population of 15.8 million. İstanbul is also among the 10 most populated cities in the world and the largest city in Europe.

In addition to being Turkey's largest industry, trade, education, culture, art and transportation center, it is a timeless source of attraction for domestic and foreign tourists with its historical texture and natural beauties.

Istanbul, which has been the capital of the world's greatest empires for many centuries, is literally an open-air museum with its palaces, mosques, bazaars, museums, parks and many more natural and historical beauties.

As Istanbul is the crossing point of seas and continents, it is a city that attracts the attention of the whole world. 18.66% of Turkey's population lives in Istanbul.

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