Marmara is a region in northwestern
. It is Turkey's bridge and connection to Europe. Turkey's largest city, Istanbul is the region's unofficial capital.
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“Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople” — Jimmy Kennedy, Istanbul, 1953 As the above, profound lyrics demonstrate, Istanbul is not Constantinople.
Tekirdağ is a city of 108,000 in
, on the northern shoreline of the Sea of Marmara.
Edirne is a city in
, in northwest
. It lies on the gently rolling Thracian plains and just east of confluence of Maritsa, Tundzha, and Arda Rivers, known in Turkish as Meriç, Tunca, and Arda, respectively.
Istanbul Province is located in a central position in Marmara Region,
. It connects
Eastern Thrace constitutes the European part of
and forms the northwestern edge of the country.
Southern Marmara is the southern part of Marmara Region,
. Bird Paradise National Park is one of the earliest national parks of Turkey, surrounding Lake Kuş.
Eastern Marmara is the eastern portion of Marmara Region,
. Eastern Marmara is bordered by
Western Black Sea Region
to northwest, southwest, south/southeast, and east respectively.
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