Havsa (Greek: Νίκη) is a district of Edirne Province of Turkey. The mayor is Aydın Balkan (AKP). The population is 8,602 as of 2010.

Havsa
Fatih Street, the main road of Havsa
Fatih Street, the main road of Havsa
Havsa is located in Turkey
Havsa
Havsa
Coordinates: 41°33′00″N 26°48′59″E / 41.55000°N 26.81639°E / 41.55000; 26.81639Coordinates: 41°33′00″N 26°48′59″E / 41.55000°N 26.81639°E / 41.55000; 26.81639
Country Turkey
ProvinceEdirne
Government
 • MayorAydın Balkan (AKP)
 • KaymakamAlparslan Kılınç
Area
 • District588.91 km2 (227.38 sq mi)
Elevation
26 m (85 ft)
Population
 (2012)[2]
 • Urban
8,814
 • District
20,457
 • District density35/km2 (90/sq mi)
Post code
22530
Websitewww.havsa.bel.tr

HistoryEdit

Havsa was founded by Ancient Romans. When the empire split into two, the city fell into the area of the Byzantine Empire. In 1331, the land was captured by Turks under the leadership of Murat I and the area was named Hosa. After Edirne became the center of the Ottoman Empire, the Rûm population in Hosa abandoned the city and moved to Istanbul and Thessaloniki. After the capture of Constantinople, Turks from Anatolia moved in, making the town Turkish.

GeographyEdit

The town is 69 kilometers away from Edirne. The district borders the Edirne district to the north and west, the district of Süloğlu to the north, the province of Kırklareli to the east and the district of Uzunköprü to the south. The town is located 218 kilometers from Istanbul.

NameEdit

The town was called Hosa by the Turks in 1331. After Hafsa Hatun moved to the town, it was called Hafsa. Later, the two names were combined to form the current name Havsa.

ReferencesEdit

  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.