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GEBZE’S HISTORY

Research has shown that people from eras beyond history have lived in and around Gebze, which is the junction of the world’smost important roads, since 3000 B.C.

The city was built in 262 B.C. by King Nicomedes who has appointed by Alexander the Great to conquer Anatolia and was named for the king’s wife.

In the last quarter of the 11th century Nicomedia is taken over by the Seljuks.

Today Gebze is an advanced industrial city and is surrounded by railway and the most advanced motorway network.

Its natural beauties, beaches, plateaus, Kartepe skiing centres and historical sites as well as the coasts of the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea are also important

for the province of Kocaeli with regard to commerce a cultural and tourism.

It is comprised of a total of seven counties which are Gebze, Korfez, Karamursel, Golcuk, Kandıra, Derince and the Central County of Izmit.

Gebze is located on the Izmit-Istanbul highway 50 km away from Izmit. Besides large industrial establishments it also houses the Turkish Scientific and Technical

Research Institute (TUBITAK-MAM) and the Gebze Higher Technology Instıtute. It has a population of 521.961 Amongst its important historical sites is the tomb of

Carthaginian Commander Hannibal, the Museum-House of the acheologist and painter Osman Hamdi Bey and the Çoban Mustafa Pasha’s Kulliye built by the

Architect Sinan. Gebze’s second region Darıca-Bayramoğlu consist mainly of housing and is a major holiday resort with its summer estates and its seaside.

Gebze also has nature attractions such as the Ballikayalar Nature Park, the Darica Bayramoğlu Bird Paradise and the Theme Park. Maritime Lines; Ferryboats are

operating between (Gebze) Eskihisar – Topçular (Yalova).

CULTURAL&HISTORICAL VALUES

The Clock Tower Izmit

Hannibal’s Memorial Gebze

Kasr-ı Hümayun (Sultan Abdülaziz’in Av Köşkü) Izmit

Historical Railway Station (Museum of Archelogy Ethnograpy and Center of Culture and Art) Izmit

The Osman Hamdi Bey House Museum Eskihisar Gebze

TCG Gayret Museum Izmit

TCG Hızırreis Museum Izmit

The Pertev Pasha Kulliye Izmit

The Çoban Mustapha Pasha Kulliye and Mosque Gebze

The Eskihisar Fortress Gebze

The Architect Sinan Bridge

Conqueror Sultan Mehmed’s Imperial Tent Gebze

The Kaiser Wilhelm Pavillion

Memorial Tomb of Akçakoca Bey Kandıra

Captain Yahya’s Memorial-Tavşancıl-Gebze

NATURAL BEAUTIES AND EXCURSION SITES

Ballıkayalar Valley Gebze

Yuvacık Dam and Beşkayalar Nature Park

Maşukiye

Kocaeli City Forest Izmit

Kartepe and Kuzuyaylası (The Sheep Meadow) Izmit

The Darica Bird Paradise and Theme Park

The Kocaeli Fair Izmit

BEACHES NATURAL SANDBEACHES

Kerpe

Kefken and Pink Rocks Kandıra

Cebeci

Eskihisar Gebze

Bayramoğlu

SPORT ACTIVITIES

Masukiye Sapanca Lake Water Sports

Winter Sports Kartepe

Ice skating Activities The Olympic Ice Sport Hall

Sailing Races Değirmendere

Mountain Climbing Ballıkayalar Valley Gebze

TOURISM VALUES

Hereke Carpets

Kandıra Cloth

Karamürsel Basket

Pişmaniye Izmit

OTHER IMPORTANT PLACES

Eskihisar Amphitheatre

Darıca Amphitheatre

TUBITAK MRC – TUSSIDE – TSE Quality Campus

Gebze HIGH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Turkcell Technology Center

Yapi Kredi Banking Base

Akbank Banking Base

VW Dogus Automotive Headquarters

Gebze Dogus Center Shopping Center