The Info List - Kırklareli

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is a city on the European part of Turkey.


1 Name 2 History

2.1 The Megleno-Romanians
of Kırklareli

3 Cultural assets 4 Climate 5 Sister cities 6 Notable natives 7 Links 8 Notes 9 External links

Name[edit] It is not clearly known when the city was founded, nor under what name. The Byzantine Greeks called it Saranta Ekklisiès (Σαράντα Εκκλησιές, meaning forty churches). In the 14th century this was translated to Turkish and called "Kırk Kilise". Following the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923, sanjaks became cities and on December 20, 1924, Kırk Kilise's name was changed to Kırklareli, meaning The Place of the Forties. The denomination Kırklareli
was already used years before 1924, for example in the contemporary literature concerning the Balkan Wars
Balkan Wars
of 1912–13. The Bulgarian name of the town is Lozengrad (Лозенград) which means Vineyard Town. (see also its other names) History[edit] Ongoing archeological excavations in the city support the claim that the area was the location of one of the first organized settlements on the European continent, with artifacts from the Paleolithic
and Neolithic
periods. The settlement and its surrounding areas were conquered by the Persians in 513–512 BC, during the reign of King Darius I. In 914 during the Bulgarian invasion in Adrianople
led by Simeon I, the settlement was captured by the Bulgarians and was under Bulgarian rule until 1003 when it was lost to the Byzantines. The Ottoman Turks took the city and its region from the Byzantines in 1363, during the reign of Sultan Murad I. The city was damaged during the Greek War of Independence (1821–1829). According to the 1878 record "Ethnography of the Wilayahs Adrianopol, Monastir and Thessaloniki" Kırk Kilise was inhabited by 6,700 Bulgarians, 2,850 Greeks, and 2,700 belonging to other ethnic groups.[3] According to the official Ottoman census of 1906–1907 (published in "The Ottoman Population 1830–1914: Demographic and Social Characteristics" by Kemal H. Karpat), the ethnic-religious breakdown in the Sanjak of Kırk Kilise was: 22,022 Muslims; 14,154 Greek Orthodox; 1,599 Bulgarian Orthodox; and 789 Jews.[4] During the Balkan Wars
Balkan Wars
(1912–1913) Kırk Kilise was occupied by Bulgaria, and then by Greece
in the aftermath of World War I (1914–1918) resulting in mass immigration of Bulgarian population (there were a large number of journalists who reported on the actions at Kırk Kilise). Following the Turkish War of Independence (1919–1922) the city was retaken by the Turks on November 10, 1922. According to the 1923 population exchange agreement between Greece
and Turkey, the Greeks of the city were exchanged for the Muslims (Turks, Pomaks, Karadjaovalides and Albanians) living in Greece. Most of the inhabitants of the city are Turks who formerly lived in Thessaloniki
until the First Balkan War of 1912. The Treaty of Lausanne (1923) which defines Turkey's western border in Thrace also defined the western boundaries of the Kırklareli
Province. The Megleno-Romanians
of Kırklareli[edit] In 1923 most of the 3700 inhabitants of Notia, the only Muslim village of the Megleno-Romanians
in northern Greece, settled in the Odrin area (mainly in Kırklareli) and became known as Karadjovalides[5] after the Turkish name of Moglena.[6] The number of these megleno-vlach families settled in Kırklareli
were more than 110, while those settled in small villages around were 400: in total nearly 2000 Megleno-Romanians. Actually they number only 500, concentrated in Kırklareli
and culturally assimilated to the Turks (most of them speak mainly the Turkish language, but are still bilingual at home.) Cultural assets[edit]

The Hızır Bey Mosque and Külliye
were built by the Ottoman Turks in 1383.

The Ottoman era Arasta adjacent to the Hızır Bey Mosque and Külliye.

Hızır Bey Külliye: This külliye (religious complex) consists of the Hızır Bey Mosque, Hızır Bey Bath and Arasta (Bazaar.)

Hızır Bey Mosque: Located at the center of the city, it was built on a square plan by Köse Mihalzade Hızır Bey in 1383. Built of cut stone and having one minaret, it was restored by Yusuf Pasha of Aydost in 1824. Still used today, the final praying place and garden walls of the mosque were built afterwards. Hızır Bey Bath: Also located at the center of the city and built adjacent to Bath and Arasta by Köse Mihalzade Hızır Bey in 1383. There are two entrances, one each for women and men, which are also called the "Paired Baths". According to an inscription in the women's bath, Hacı Hüseyin Ağa restored it between 1683 and 1704. Still used today, the outer walls are regular and built from coarse sandstone. It's a Turkish Bath in the traditional Ottoman architecture style. Arasta (Bedesten): Built adjacent to the Hızır Bey Bath in a "T" form, it has arch-type walls. The upper cover is a vault 15 m long. There were 12 shops inside formed by three beams. It was restored in 1704.

Jewish Quarter: A historic neighborhood. Kırklareli
Museum: A natural history, ethnography and archaeology museum. Dupnisa Cave: Kırklareli Province
Kırklareli Province
is also host to the only cave that is open to tourists in Thrace, the Dupnisa Cave
Dupnisa Cave
near the village of Sarpdere, which is believed to have formed circa 4 million years ago. The Dupnisa Cave
Dupnisa Cave
was used for Dionysian Rituals (Sparagmos) in ancient times. Even the name of Dionysus
is associated with Mount Nisa right above the cave of Dupnisa; as, according to ancient Greek mythology, Dionysus
"discovered wine while playing at Mount Nisa."[7] The Bulgarian name of Kırklareli, Lozengrad (Лозенград) which means Vineyard Town may also have its origins in this ancient Greek myth. Demirköy Foundry: Archaeological site of a historic iron foundry, where cannonballs fired during the Conquest of Istanbul in 1453 were manufactured.

Climate[edit] Kırklareli
has a borderline mediterranean/humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification: Csa/Cfa) due to the rain shadow effect caused by the mountain range to the immediate northeast, while the region is humid subtropical. Summers are long, hot and humid whilst winters are cool and damp. Snowfall
is quite common between the months of December and March, snowing for a week or two.

Climate data for Kırklareli

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 18.6 (65.5) 21.0 (69.8) 25.7 (78.3) 30.5 (86.9) 36.0 (96.8) 39.8 (103.6) 42.5 (108.5) 40.4 (104.7) 37.0 (98.6) 37.4 (99.3) 33.4 (92.1) 21.6 (70.9) 42.5 (108.5)

Average high °C (°F) 6.6 (43.9) 8.3 (46.9) 11.9 (53.4) 17.7 (63.9) 23.4 (74.1) 27.9 (82.2) 30.5 (86.9) 30.4 (86.7) 26.0 (78.8) 19.7 (67.5) 13.6 (56.5) 8.6 (47.5) 18.7 (65.7)

Daily mean °C (°F) 2.9 (37.2) 4.0 (39.2) 6.9 (44.4) 12.0 (53.6) 17.3 (63.1) 21.6 (70.9) 23.9 (75) 23.4 (74.1) 19.2 (66.6) 13.9 (57) 9.0 (48.2) 5.0 (41) 13.2 (55.8)

Average low °C (°F) 0.0 (32) 0.7 (33.3) 2.8 (37) 7.1 (44.8) 11.6 (52.9) 15.4 (59.7) 17.7 (63.9) 17.5 (63.5) 13.9 (57) 9.7 (49.5) 5.7 (42.3) 2.1 (35.8) 8.6 (47.5)

Record low °C (°F) −15.8 (3.6) −15.0 (5) −11.8 (10.8) −3.0 (26.6) 1.4 (34.5) 5.8 (42.4) 8.8 (47.8) 8.7 (47.7) 3.0 (37.4) −3.4 (25.9) −7.2 (19) −11.1 (12) −15.8 (3.6)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 60.0 (2.362) 50.1 (1.972) 47.1 (1.854) 44.9 (1.768) 49.0 (1.929) 48.3 (1.902) 25.0 (0.984) 21.4 (0.843) 34.4 (1.354) 53 (2.09) 66.2 (2.606) 70.7 (2.783) 570.1 (22.447)

Average rainy days 11.1 9.1 9.1 10.4 9.9 8.5 4.8 3.7 4.8 7.1 8.6 11.4 98.5

Mean monthly sunshine hours 89.9 109.2 164.3 204.0 272.8 282.0 322.4 319.3 240.0 167.4 114.0 68.2 2,353.5

Mean daily sunshine hours 2.3 3.2 4.4 5.5 8.3 9.6 10.0 9.5 7.2 4.5 3.3 2.2 5.83

Source: Turkish State Meteorological Service [8]

Sister cities[edit] Main article: List of twin towns and sister cities in Turkey Notable natives[edit]

Anthim I
Anthim I
(1816-1888), first head of the Bulgarian Exarchate Nikola Aslanov (1875-1905), Bulgarian revolutionary Candan Erçetin, (born 1963), female singer, songwriter and Vice-President of Galatasaray SK Şaban Erden
Şaban Erden
(born 1949), Deputy Secretary General of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Barış Hersek
Barış Hersek
(born 1988), professional basketball player Nikolaos Mavridis (1869-1927), wine merchant Ayşenur Taşbakan (born 1982), European champion female taekwondo practitioner


Battle of Kirk Kilisse


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External links[edit]

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