Saray, Tekirdağ

Saray is located in Turkey
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 41°26′28″N 27°55′18″E / 41.44112°N 27.92162°E / 41.44112; 27.92162Coordinates: 41°26′28″N 27°55′18″E / 41.44112°N 27.92162°E / 41.44112; 27.92162
Country Turkey
ProvinceTekirdağ Province
 • GovernorHüseyin ÖNER
 • MayorNazmi Çoban (CHP)
 • District611.62 km2 (236.15 sq mi)
140 m (460 ft)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)0 282
Licence plate59

Saray is a town and district of Tekirdağ Province at the European part of Turkey. The population of the town is 24,960 while in the district a total of 47,522 people live as of 2014.[3] It covers an area of 612 km2 (236 sq mi), and the elevation is 140 m (460 ft). The district has cold wet winters and hot dry summers. The district governor is Hüseyin ÖNER , and the mayor is Nazmi ÇOBAN (CHP).

Saray is situated on the junction of state roads D-020 and D-567 . It is neighboured in the north by Vize, in the east by Çatalca, in the south by Kapaklı and in the west by Ergene.


Saray is 78 km (48 mi) north of the province seat Tekirdağ. The land is mostly flat and watered by the River Ergene. At the top north-east corner the land begins to rise to the Strandzha (Yıldız Dağları) range of hills. 50% of the land is farmed, 50% forest and meadow, including the only stands of Austrian Pine (pinus nigra) in Thrace, a protected area.


Thrace has been settled for a long, long time and relics have been found in Saray from the stone-age and the copper-stone periods (5000 to 3000 BC), but up until the Ottoman period there were only small villages here. Then when the Ottomans established their capital in nearby Edirne, the town began to grow.

In the 18th century when the Crimean Khanate fell to the Russians, the Giray family of the ruling Khans, descendants of Genghis Khan himself, were settled here by the Ottoman sultans. Many members of the dynasty are buried at the yard of Ayas Pasha Mosque in Saray. It was successively part of sanjaks of Vize, Tekfurdağı and Kırkkilise and was a nahiyah (subdivision) of Vize township in Kırkkilise sanjak before 1922.

Saray was occupied by Greek troops for two years during the Turkish War of Independence between 1920 and 1922. Saray became a district in 1922 and bounded to Tekirdağ.

Saray today[]

Unlike its neighbours Kapaklı and Ergene, Saray has not industrialised and remains a small town with high schools and other infrastructure, even some nightlife, serving the surrounding countryside. Market day is Wednesdays, and as well as fruit and vegetables, wines from Thrace and from Bulgaria can be found. However, Çorlu and Çerkezköy are only 30 minutes away, and as Saray is a much more green and pleasant environment, some people do commute to work in those industrial areas. The people are liberal and Saray is a stronghold of the centre-left CHP.

There is a military garrison here, and a prison.

Notable natives[]

The professional football player Fatih Akyel (former Galatasaray player) was from Saray. He left playing football.

Places of interest[]


  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. ^ "Saray İlçesi" (in Turkish). Yerel Net. Retrieved 2011-12-18.

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