Area: 4.307 km²
Population: 175.526 (1990)
Traffic Code: 11
Province of Bilecik is located at the southeast of Marmara Region at the intersection locality of Marmara Region, Black Sea Region, Central Anatolia Region and Aegean Region. The oldest known names of the province are Agrilion and Belekoma. Province of Bilecik is the land where the Ottoman Empire is founded. The province is founded around the Sakarya river and is known with the riches of small ponds and creeks and carries the traces of ancient ages.
Districts : Bilecik (centre), Bozüyük, Gölpazarı, Osmaneli, Pazaryeri, Söğüt, Yenipazar.
How to Get
Highway: The bus station is located on the Atatürk Avenue at the city center. Coach Station Tel : (+90 – 228) 212 12 55
Railway: The railway station is at 4 km. distance to city center.
Railway Station Tel: (+90 – 228) 215 80 03
Where to Visit
The Watch Tower: The Watch Tower is located at the center of Bilecik province over a hill dominant to the city. The Watch Tower is four – sided, with one clock in each side and was constructed by Sultan II. Abdülhamit.
Belekoma Castle: The castle is located at the banks of the Hamsıs Creek on a steep hill. It was constructed by the Byzantine in Medieval Ages.
Köprülü Mehmet Paşa Caravansary The caravansary is located on the Bilecik – Adapazarı highway in Vezirhan Village. It was constructed by Sadrazam Köprülü Mehmet Paşa at the beginning of 17th century. The roof of the building had collapsed in 1915. Only four walls are standing in the present day
Mausoleums: Most important mausoleums of Bilecik Province are Şeyh Edebalı Mausoleum, Malhatun Mausoleum, Dursun Fakıh Mausoleum and Ertuğrul Gazi Mausoleum.
Osmaneli – Selçik Mineral Waters: This mineral water resort is located at a locality 9 kilometers distant to Osmaneli District. The transportation is possible via highway and railway. The mineral water comes out from four separate fountains. This mineral water is known to cure the diseases of stomach, liver, ballast, intestines and urethra. This water also assists to dissolve and drop the rocks formed in kidneys.
Söğüt Çaltı Thermal Spring: The thermal spring is located at the Çaltı locality of Söğüt district. The water of this thermal spring comes from a spring, which is 30 km. away from the resort. The water of this thermal spring is used as bath and drinking. The water is known to cure the skin diseases, stomach sicknesses, rheumatic diseases, neuritis, poli neuritis and gynecological diseases.
Kömürsu Plateau: The plateau is at 28 km distance to the center of Bozüyük district and is covered with fir trees, black pines, beech trees, juniper trees and poplar trees. In the summer season, the plateau is covered with green meadows and various flowers. The plateau is also an important location for winter tourism.
Sofular Plateau: The plateau is at 25 km distance to the center of Bozüyük district and is covered with pine and fir trees. The height of the plateau is approximately 1600 meters. The plateau is important for Plateau tourism.
Kamçı Plateau: The plateau is located at the region of Bozcaarmut village of Pazaryeri district and is important with its pine tree forests. This plateau is used as camping and resting place.
Küçükelmalı Small Lake Environ: This promenade area is located in the borders of Küçükelmalı village, which is 10 kilometers away from Pazaryeri district. The area is covered with pine forests and is a resting place.
Bozcaarmut Small Lake Environ: This promenade area is at the vicinity of Bozcaarmut Village, which is 15 km away from the district. The area is covered with fir tree and pine forests.
Kınık Waterfall: This waterfall comes out from Kınık village Alamandere locality and displays an interesting appearance. It is approximately 25 km. away from the city center.
Türbin Promenade Area: This promenade area is located at 7 km. away from Bozüyük District. With its waterfall, the promenade area is an interesting and preferred area.
Dodurga Dam: The dam is located approximately 20 km away from Bozüyük District and is 2 km. southwest of Dodurga borough. The environ of the dam is suitable for resting and camping. Carp and mirror carp fishes are breed at the dam.
Büyükelmalı Small Lake: The small lake is located in the borders of Büyükelmalı village, which is 13 km. away from Pazaryeri District.. With the natural beauties surrounding the lake, it is a suitable area for picnic and resting activities.
Söğüt Ethnography Museum: There are 953 pieces of works in the museum. 75 of these pieces are archeological, 202 pieces are coins and 677 pieces are ethnographic works.
Telephone of the Museum: (+90 – 228) 361 30 27 Open hours to visit: 08.00 -17.00
The province of Bilecik displays a characteristic of transition climate between the severe and low precipitant terrestrial climate of the Central Anatolia Region and warm and precipitant climate of the Marmara and Black Sea Region. The known history of the Bitinia Region starts with the nation of Thyns originated from the nations of Thrace whom inhabited the region in BC 1950’s. The region was then entered under the dominance of Egypt, Hittite, Frig, Kimmer, Lydia, Persian, Macedonian civilizations and Bitinya Kingdom, Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire. After the settlement of a tribe leaded by Ertuğrul Bey from the Kayı Clan of the Turkish nation to the environ of Söğüt and vicinity, the first steps of the foundation of the Ottoman Empire was taken.
Where to Eat
Most of the local food varieties are composed of pastries. Some part of the local folk cooks their own breads. Pitta bread, Twined bread and hodalak are some of the locally cooked breads.
The local folk also prepares food varieties like macaroni, soup with dried yogurt, kuskus macaroni and erişte (vermicelli) by themselves. Büzme, nohutlu tavuklu mantı (meat pastry with chickpea and chicken), keşkek, ovmaç soup, mercimekli mantı (meat pastry with lentil), kesme hamur (cut pastry), keklik kebabı (partridge kebab), köpük helvası (foam sweat made of cereals) could be counted among the authentic food varieties of Bilecik region.
What to Buy
You should buy Kınık village Earthen Products.
Don’t Leave Without
– Participating the Culture and Art Festival of Ahilik, Remembrance of Ertuğrul Gazi and Liberation of Söğüt, Bilecik from enemy occupation.
– Visiting Şeyh Edebalı, Ertuğrul Gazi, Dursun Fakıh Mausoleums and Watch Tower
– Visiting the Ethnography Museum
Registered Immobile Cultural and Natural Heritages in Bilecik
Archeological Sites: 26
Urban Sites: –
Natural Sites: 5
Historical Sites: –
Archeological and Natural Sites: 1
Archeological and Historical Sites: 1
Cultural (at Single Construction Scale) and Natural Heritages: 220
Governorship : (+90-228) 212 39 40 – 212 10 24
Municipality : (+90-228) 212 10 88
Hospital : (+90-228) 212 10 36 – 212 20 74
Police : (+90-228) 212 18 43
Gendarme : (+90-228) 381 20 06
Provincial Directorate : (+90-228) 212 68 98
Tourism Information Office : (+90-228) 212 19 78 – 212 68 98
Provincial Culture Directorate : (+90-228) 212 14 50 – 212 32 94
Directorate of State Fine Arts Gallery
Vilayet Binası – BİLECİK
Tel: (0 228) 212 10 06
Fax: (0 228) 361 32 94
Bilecik Governorship http://www.bilecik.gov.tr
Bozüyük Chamber of Commerce and Industry http://www.bozuyuktso.org.tr/