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Biga is a town and district of Çanakkale Province in the Marmara region of Turkey. It is located on the Biga River, 90 kilometres (56 miles) northeast from Çanakkale city centre. According to the 2000 census, population of the district is 80,982 of which 37,196 live in the town of Biga.[3][4] The district covers an area of 1,354 km2 (523 sq mi),[5] and the town lies at an elevation of 21 m (69 ft).

Biga
District
Central square in Biga
Central square in Biga
Location of Biga within Turkey
Location of Biga within Turkey
Biga is located in Marmara
Biga
Biga
Location of Biga
Biga is located in Turkey
Biga
Biga
Biga (Turkey)
Coordinates: 40°14′N 27°15′E / 40.233°N 27.250°E / 40.233; 27.250
Country Turkey
RegionMarmara
ProvinceÇanakkale
Government
 • GovernorFatih Genel
 • MayorMehmet Özkan (AKP)
Area
 • District1,353.69 km2 (522.66 sq mi)
Elevation
21 m (69 ft)
Population
 (2012)[2]
 • Urban
40,637
 • District
83,594
 • District density62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
17xxx
Area code(s)286
Licence plate17
Websitewww.biga.gov.tr www.biga.bel.tr

The center of COMU Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences is in Biga.

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HistoryEdit

Within the area of Biga (at Karabiga) is the site of the ancient city of Pegaea (Greek: Πηγαία), also known as Pegae or Pegai (Πηγαί, "the Springs") until late Byzantine times (in Crusader sources it is also known as Spiga[6]). Archaeologists have not yet established how far back the site has been occupied.[7] In ancient times, Pegaea, located on the plain of Adrastea on the border between the Troad and Mysia, was sometimes included as part of one and sometimes the other. Since coming under Ottoman rule in 1364 it has been known as Biga. Under the Ottomans, it was the seat of a sanjak.

TourismEdit

Among the tourist sites in the district are the Ilıcabashı spa, Parion (Kemerd), Priapos (Karabiga castle)[7]

International relationsEdit

Twin towns and sister citiesEdit

Biga is twinned with:

See alsoEdit

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  3. ^ Statistical Institute[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ GeoHive. "Statistical information on Turkey's administrative units". Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  5. ^ Statoids. "Statistical information on districts of Turkey". Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  6. ^ TDV İslâm Ansiklopedisi
  7. ^ a b "Başmakçı Kültür (Bashmakchi Culture)"
  8. ^ "Twinnings" (PDF). Central Union of Municipalities & Communities of Greece. Retrieved 2013-08-25.

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