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Biggest Cities in Turkey on a Map

Merhaba! Can you name the 20 most populated urban areas in Turkey as shown on the map?
2019 estimates, according to citypopulation.de
Quiz by Jiaozira
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Last updated: January 19, 2024
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First submittedFebruary 25, 2020
Times taken13,550
Average score50.0%
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Population
City
15.1 m
Istanbul
5.04 m
Ankara
2.96 m
İzmir
1.97 m
Bursa
1.74 m
Adana
1.67 m
Gaziantep
1.30 m
Konya
Population
City
1.24 m
Antalya
1.04 m
Diyarbakır
996 k
Mersin
955 k
Kayseri
765 k
Eskişehir
708 k
Gebze
623 k
Denizli
Population
City
617 k
Samsun
577 k
Şanlıurfa
538 k
Kahramanmaraş
525 k
Adapazarı
497 k
Van
475 k
Malatya
55 Comments
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Level 51
Dec 9, 2020
Well deserved feature for the 50th time!
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Level 70
Dec 9, 2020
Thank you very much!
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Level 91
Dec 9, 2020
:facepalm: moment. Guessed Sakarya 3 times, trying to think what else it could be...
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Level 88
Dec 9, 2020
Nice quiz. I got 10, and probably only knew several of those from playing as the Ottomans in Civ V.
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Level 89
Dec 9, 2020
I was really hoping Batman would be here...I know so few Turkish cities :(
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Level 85
Dec 11, 2020
It's actually just under the Malatya and It is a rapidly growing city as far as I know. So in near future maybe It can get on the list
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Level 73
Jul 4, 2021
lol same
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Level 84
Dec 9, 2020
Knowing clubs from the Turkish Super Lig was of virtually no use.
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Level 76
Dec 11, 2020
You forgot to remove the -spor from the end?
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Level 84
Dec 12, 2020
Bursa was one of the 3 cities I got. (of "virtually" no use, not "totally" useless). I forgot about Konyaspor. But knowing Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas was not helpful since, IIRC, they're all based in Istanbul.
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Level 75
Dec 9, 2020
Consider allowing Kurdish variations for Van (Wan), Diyarbakir (Amed), and Urfa (Riha), which have Kurdish majority populations.
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Level 70
Dec 10, 2020
I'll consider it, although not all place names on Jetpunk allow for the native language equivalent as a type-in (Moskva isn't accepted for Moscow, etc). I'm not sure there is a demand for the type-ins either, although maybe I am mistaken. If more people request the type-ins I will add them.
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Level 66
Dec 19, 2020
Sakarya is other name of Adapazari, should accepted :)
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Level 66
Dec 19, 2020
And also Gebze/Kocaeli
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Level 70
Dec 19, 2020
I'm likely going to add Sakarya as a type-in, although I'm going to wait for now seeing as this is a featured quiz. I'm less convinced about Kocaeli, seeing as Gebze makes a small portion of Kocaeli's population, but I'm not Turkish and so I won't be familiar with different names for cities, although I try my best. Thanks for the feedback :)
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Level 38
Dec 5, 2023
Actually, In the Turkish map, it is Kocaeli. Gebze is a district of Kocaeli.
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Level 44
Apr 24, 2022
Actually, the proper name of the city is Adapazarı. On the other hand, the province where Adapazarı is located is named after the Sakarya River (ancient Sangarius) because the mouth of the river is located within this province. Furthermore, there was no such province as Sakarya until 1954 when the province was formed. However, the city was known as Adapazarı since the Ottoman period. Nevertheless, even the Turkish people mistakenly call this city as Sakarya so this answer can be accepted.

Similarly, Kocaeli is only the name of a province, not the name of that province's capital city which is İzmit (Nicomedia in Ancient Greek).

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Level 70
Apr 25, 2022
Once again thank you, I will add Sakarya as a type-in.
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Level 17
Jan 7, 2021
gebze is not a city. just part of Kocaeli
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Level 70
Feb 7, 2021
Kocaeli is a province, and from what I've researched it seems that İzmit is sometimes called Kocaeli informally, rather than Gebze.
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Level 36
Feb 7, 2021
naber lan batu
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Level 44
Apr 24, 2022
Gebze is indeed a city. I see many Turks confusing the term 'province' ('il' in Turkish) with city.

While the term 'city' denotes an undivided settlement with a larger population than a town or a village, a province is an administrative division which is the sum of uninhabited areas (farms, forests, lakes) and human settlements (cities, towns, villages).

Likewise, there can be multiple cities within the borders of a province. For example, Konya Province was named after its administrative center Konya. However, there are also other cities within Konya province such as Beyşehir, Akşehir and Seydişehir ('şehir' means city in Turkish).

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Level 70
Apr 25, 2022
This is interesting to me, before making this quiz I hadn't realised that 'cities' could be interpreted differently. Maybe I will have to come back with a sequel about Turkish provinces.

Thank you for helping to clear this up :)

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Level 65
Sep 10, 2022
still not a city. administratively it is a "kent" which means town not a city. otherwise it would've been called "sehir".
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Level 54
Feb 7, 2021
Where is batman?
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Level 60
Feb 7, 2021
Easy!
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Level 68
Feb 7, 2021
half these cities are greek. it pains me that smyrna and constantinople are not in our hands... :(
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Level 64
Feb 7, 2021
it's been over 500 years, you should get over it.
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Level 75
Feb 7, 2021
With a decaying economy, an ageing population, immigration and the little youth that is left leaving en masse for abroad, I think you have much bigger problems than the loss of an empire six centuries ago. Plus it makes you look really pathetic posting that on an international website.
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Level 75
Feb 8, 2021
Is immigration a problem?
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Level 47
Jun 18, 2023
It pains me that Selanik and Dedeağaç are not in our hands :(
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Level 73
Feb 7, 2021
What's up with Cyprus though? JetPunk standard is that the island is de jure united.
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Level 70
Feb 7, 2021
I was waiting for someone to comment this. I try and draw de facto lines of control when possible. At present, I prefer to use a dotted line (rather than a solid border) to contrast de jure and de facto situation, and when I made this map I was a little careless in forgetting South Ossetia in the top right corner. It should be noted that the way I draw borders is in trying to stay as close to the current situation as possible, rather than my opinion, which is irrelevant for all intents and purposes.
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Level 65
Feb 7, 2021
yeah, this quiz is wrong for that... should be modified immediately
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Level 70
Feb 7, 2021
It is a small detail, not in support of any ideology.
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Level 62
Feb 7, 2021
Can't believe it didn't accept Byzantium
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Level 75
Feb 7, 2021
Can you consider accepting Keyseri for Kayseri?
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Level 78
Feb 7, 2021
I like how 'Şehri buraya girin' is in Turkish :)
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Level 70
Feb 7, 2021
I'm glad you noticed, I have tried to add as much 'personality' into each Biggest Cities by Country quiz as I can :)
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Level 76
Feb 7, 2021
How far down is Batman?
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Level 70
Feb 7, 2021
21st most populated in Turkey.
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Level 59
Feb 7, 2021
Just got the 4 most guessed :D
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Level 55
Feb 8, 2021
"gebze" is not a city name just a province of kocaeli (izmit)
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Level 37
Feb 8, 2021
I got Istanbul and Ankara, then I cried.
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Level 68
Feb 12, 2021
NO BATMAN :(
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Level 39
Apr 10, 2021
Nice quiz! Greetings from Turkey!
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Level 70
Apr 10, 2021
Thank you from Canada! :)
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Level 18
May 17, 2021
It is 'Kocaeli' not 'Gebze'. Gebze is a district in Kocaeli province.
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Level 45
Mar 1, 2022
Where is Trabzon?
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Level 70
Mar 1, 2022
It's city #30
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Level 51
Jan 16, 2023
Adapazarı is Sakarya and Gebze is Kocaeli
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Level 46
Jan 18, 2024
Gebze isn't a country. This is Kocaeli.
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Level 22
Jan 18, 2024
gebze is discrict of Kocaeli(izmit).
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Level 70
Jan 18, 2024
I added Kocaeli as a type-in.
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Level 16
May 5, 2024
I kept writing qaziantep instead of gazian cause the sound is like qazvin and qom in Iran which are with Q