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    Located between İstanbul and Ankara, Taraklı is a historic district of Sakarya Province in the Marmara region.

    Twenty percent of the district is covered in agricultural land, 60% is covered by forests and heathland, and 10% is meadows and pastures.

    Taraklı was established in a narrow valley, surrounded by high mountains and hills, and it is famous for its protected 19th-century homes.

    In ancient times, Taraklı was part of the Roman province of Bithynia which extended from the Marmara Sea, by way of the Bosphorus, to the Black Sea.

    The nearly five-century-old plane tree in the neighborhood for Yusufbey has been registered as a natural monument by the Ministry of Culture.

    One of the district’s most important structures in the Yunus Paşa Mosque. The mosque was built in 1517 by the vizier of Sultan Selim I, the ninth sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Because the dome was built using lead, it is popularly known as "Kurşunlu Mosque" (kurşu is the Turkish word for lead).

    The Karagöl Plateau is in the mountains, 21 km northeast of Taraklı. It stands at 1,200 meters above sea level, and is surrounded by pines, beeches, firs, and oaks. The oxygen here is plentiful and there many natural springs.

    The plateau has several trekking routes, and every Friday, the local bazaar is held here. The bazaar is famous for its traditional wooden spoons made of beech wood. 


    Vize, a town and district in Kırklareli Province on Türkiye's European soil, is located between two former Ottoman capitals: İstanbul and Edirne. Situated between the Black Sea coast and the Istranca (Strandzha)Mountains, the district has a rich historical heritage.

    Vize was an important administrative and cultural center starting from the Byzantine period. Settlement in the district begins in the time of the Thracians, and dates as far back as 4000 BC.

    Little Hagia Sophia Church (Gazi Süleyman Paşa Mosque in today) is one of the region’s most important historical monuments. It was built by Byzantine emperor Justinian I as an Orthodox church on the site of a pre-existing temple dedicated to Apollo. The structure displays features that are rarely found in Byzantine architecture. The church was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman period and was named “Süleyman Paşa Mosque.” The current structure retains decorative features from the Ottoman period.

    • Justinian Bridge
    • Sapanca Lake
    • Orhan Mosque
    • Little Hagia Sophia Mosque
    • Dupnisa Cave
    • Islama köfte (meatballs with bread dipped in broth and pepper sauce)
    • Balkabağı kıvırması (pumpkin dessert)
    • Boza (fermented wheat drink)
    • Eski kaşar (aged kaşar cheese)
    • Kırklareli köftesi (meatballs)
    • Fresh air at Doğançay Waterfall
    • Scent of pine trees at Karagöl Plateau
    • Hand-made traditional combs, spoons and baskets in Taraklı
    • The cool breeze of the Istranca Mountains
    • Boza vendors on winter nights
    • The story of Little Hagia Sophia Mosque in Vize
    • Balkan and Kırklareli Folk Songs