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View of Ordu from Boztepe hill
Emblem of Ordu
Ordu is located in Turkey
Location of Ordu within Turkey
Coordinates: 40°59′N 37°53′ECoordinates: 40°59′N 37°53′E
Region Black Sea
Mayor Seyit Torun (CHP)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 52xxx
Area code(s) 0452
Licence plate 52
Ordu (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈoɾdu])) is a port city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, and the capital of Ordu Province. Estimated population c. 2011: 145,455.
In the 8th century BCE the Ancient Greek settlement of Cotyora, (Greek: Κοτύωρα) was founded in this area as one of a string of colonies along the Black Sea coast established by the Miletians. The area came under the control of the Danishmends, then the Seljuk Turks in 1214 and 1228 and Haci Emir Ogulları Beyligi in 1346. Afterwards it passed to the dominion of the Ottomans in 1461 with the Empire of Trabzon.
The modern city was founded by the Ottomans as Bayramlı near Eskipazar as a military outpost 5 km west of Ordu. The Ordu Municipality Black Sea Theater Group, one of the first Turkish theaters outside of major cities, was founded in 1964 by Muhsin Ertuğrul. In 1869, the name was changed to Ordu and united with the districts of Bolaman,Perşembe, Ulubey, Hansamana (Gölköy) and Aybastı. Ordu province was created at 17 April 1920.
Old city centre of Ordu
Today the city is the centre of a large hazelnut processing industry, including Sağra, one of the largest Turkish hazelnut processors and exporters, and Fiskobirlik, the largest hazelnut co-op in the world.
The Sağra factory shop, selling many varieties of chocolate-covered hazelnuts, is one of the town's attractions.
The Boztepe aerial tramway is another popular attraction which is set to become a modern symbol for the city.
Local music is typical of the Black Sea region, including the kemençe. The cuisine is primarily based on local vegetables and includes both typical Turkish dishes - such as pide and kebab- and more unique fare - such as plain or caramel 'burnt ice-cream'.
Places of interest
Paşaoğlu Konağı and Ethnographic museum - a ethnographic museum.
Taşbaşı Cultural Centre - a cultural centre
Boztepe - a mountain overlooking the town. since 2011 there is a skylift children 1,50 TL Adults 4 TL in Ordu is there a station you pay then you get a ticket it is a ticket to go and come back.
Old Houses of Ordu in the old city center
Yalı Camii, also called Aziziye Camii - a mosque
Atik İbrahim Paşa Camii, also called Orta Cami - a mosque built in 1770
Eski Pazar Camii - a mosque with adjoining Turkish baths
Efirli Camii - a mosque
Ordu coast path on a sunny winter day
Ordu has a borderline oceanic/humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb/Cfa); like most of the eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey; with warm and humid summers and cool and damp winters. Ordu has a high and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. Precipitation is heaviest in autumn and spring.
Snowfall is quite common between the months of December and March, snowing for a week or two, and it can be heavy once it snows.
The water temperature, like in the rest of the Black Sea coast of Turkey, is always cool and fluctuates between 8° and 20°C throughout the year.
People from Ordu
Ertuğrul Günay - politician who is Minister for Culture and Tourism.
Kadir İnanır - film actor.
Mehmet Hilmi Güler - politician who was Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Arif Hikmet Onat - politician who represented Ordu
Bahriye Üçok - writer and activist
Oktay Ekşi - politician representing Ordu
Ümit Tokcan - folk musician
Kamil Sönmez - folk musician
İbrahim Fırtına - former military commander
Soner Arıca - musician
Sami Aksu - musician