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).
- Population: 462,000
- Language: Turkish
- Mayor: Suleyman Disli
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