Tekirdag, formerly Rodosto, is one of the three cities of the Thrace region, which is the European part of Turkey. The city is situated on the coast of the Marmara Sea and is surrounded by İstanbul, Edirne, Çanakkale, and Kırklareli. Its name originates from the colour of the surrounding mountains. The population of Tekirdag is about one million and growing rapidly due to internal migration.The city is established on fertile soils, so agriculture is part of its economy. Sunflower, wheat and grape are the main crops produced in the region. The city is one of the major wine production centres in Turkey. Manufacturing and tourism are the other two sectors as the main sources of revenue and employment. The city also has a rapidly growing port.

Tekirdağ has a transition climate affected by Marmara, Aegean, and Black Sea climates. It gets rain and snowfall in winter and is preferred for summer vacation during the summer. September is one of the best months due to mild temperatures. It is usually dry in September.

Having hosted the Byzantine, Roman, Persian, and Macedonian civilizations, Tekirdağ came under the domination of the Ottoman Empire in 1357. Some of the places to visit in Tekirdag are Rakoczy House, a Turkish building from 1720 which was originally owned by Hungarian prince Ferenc Rakoczy II. The Rustem Pasha Mosque and Tekirdag Museum.

Due to accommodating towns of ancient civilizations, Thrace region is also remarkable for archeological sites. The most convenient ones closer to Tekirdağ are in Enez, approximately 2 hours to Tekirdağ and very close to the Greek border, and city of Perinthos in Marmara Ereğlisi, which is conveniently on the way from Tekirdağ to İstanbul.

                                                      A view of the TNKU main campus


                                                                 Daytime view of Tekirdağ


                                                              Night view of Tekirdağ


                                                              A view of fisher shelter


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