Sister City Relationship

Due to strong support from Louisville’s large Turkish population and interest from the business community, Louisville and Adapazari became Sister Cities in 2012. The Adapazari Committee educates Louisville about Turkish culture through many events.
  • In 2014, a calligraphy artist exhibited at the St. James Court Art Show. As part of the experience here, he gave presentations to area schools, organizations, and the public about calligraphy and the Turkish culture.
  • Since 2015, we participate yearly with the American-Turkish Friendship Association’s celebration of Ramadan with an Iftar Dinner, host coffee and culture nights, and publicize refugee drives. Future collaboration is planned with more coffee and culture nights.
However, the current Sister City relationship between Adapazari and Louisville is dormant. If you are interested in helping us revive this link, please email us at [email protected]!

Existing Partnerships & Links

History & Culture

Adapazari, the capital city of Sakarya province on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, has a humid, subtropical climate, where the summers are quite hot. However, the winters are cool enough for snowfall for a few weeks each year. Adapazari sits at a nexus of migration from the Balkan, Caucuses, Central Asian and Turkmen peoples. As a result, the province is a complete and compassionate mosaic of different cultures. The arts, architecture, and lifestyle of the region reflect this unique conflux of culture.

History of Adapazari dates back to 378 BC. Ancient settlers included Lydians and Persians, but Adapazari got its historic identity from the Romans and Byzantine rulers, who were followed by the Ottoman Empire. It is not far from one of the World’s major metropolitan cities, Istanbul, and the city has grown continuously due to its location since the 1950s.

Sakarya University in Adapazari is one of the leading higher education institutions in Turkey. It is the first and only public university that holds both ISO-2002 and EFQM Quality and Excellence Certificates.

Adapazari is conveniently located near Istanbul for industrial, agricultural, and tourism investments. Because the industry becomes particularly dense in the neighboring cities of Istanbul, Adapazari has an advantageous geographical location.The major industries in Adapazari are heavy industry (automotive and tank factories), textile production (silk and linen factories), and agriculture (tobacco and hazelnuts). 
Fast Facts
  • Population: 462,000
  • Language: Turkish
  • Mayor: Suleyman Disli
National Holidays
  • New Year’s Day (January 1st)
  • National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (April 23rd)
  • Labour and Solidarity Day (May 1st)
  • Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth & Sports Day (May 19th)
  • Ramadan
  • Democracy and National Unity Day (July 15th)
  • Victory Day (August 30th)
  • Republic Day (October 29th)

Highlights/Tourist Attractions

  • Museums: Sakarya Art Gallery, Fikri Alican Home & Museum, Earthquake & Cultural Museum
  • Parks & Gardens: Central/City Park, Acarlar Floodplain Forest, Sapanca Lake
  • Ancient Sites: Sangarius Bridge (Bridge of Justininian)
  • Other interesting sites: Serdivan Planetarium
Interested in visiting Turkey? These are helpful links:
  • The official website for Turkey Tourism has tons of useful trip-planning information.
  • How to get there: many international airlines service Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.
  • Some good tips for traveling by bus and rail around Turkey can be found on these two travel blogs: Seat61 and Turkey Travel Planner.
  • Metro Turizm is a good bus company that provides service from Istanbul to Adapazari.
  • Interested in visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites in Turkey? Visit the World Heritage Center here! or learn more about Turkish Culture here.

To learn more about how you can take part in and support this international partnership:
Please email us! Adapazari Sister Cities Committee – [email protected]