Balikesir [bäl΄i ke sir′]
city in NW Asiatic Turkey: pop. 173,000

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      city, northwestern Turkey, situated on rising ground above a fertile plain that drains to the Sea of Marmara. It lies about where the ancient Roman town of Hadrianutherae lay. In the early 14th century, Balıkesir was an important town of the Turkmen Karası emirate, which was soon absorbed into the Ottoman Empire. The old town and its bazaar, which occupy the upper slopes, contain numerous inns and mosques dating from the early Ottoman period. Below the old town are the modern administrative buildings, the railway station, a teacher-training school, and residential districts. The centre of a rich agricultural province, Balıkesir is linked by rail with İzmir and Ankara by way of Kütahya. Industries produce cotton textiles, flour, rugs, and leather goods.

      The area around Balıkesir has a milder climate than that of inner Anatolia, and its rich soil produces a varied crop of cereals, beans, fruits, vegetables, sesame, cotton, tobacco, and olives. It is also rich in minerals: iron, lead, zinc, antimony, chromium, lignite, and boracite. In the area are many ancient historical and archaeological sites, including those at Edremit, Gönen, and Kaz Dağı (ancient Mount Ida). Pop. (2000) 215,436.

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