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AREA: 3.626 km²

POPULATION: 936.163 (1990)

TRAFFIC CODE: 41

DISTRICTS: İzmit (center), Gebze, Gölcük, Kandıra, Karamürsel,Körfez.

SITES OF INTEREST: Kuzuyayla and Fındıklıtepe forest recreation areas, Bayramoğlu, Karamürsel, Kefken and Kerpe coasts, Ballıkayalar, Eskihisar Castle, Hannibal's Grave, Pertev Mehmed Pasha and Çoban Mustafa Pasha mosque complexes, Orhan Gazi, Mehmed Bey (Fevziye) and İmaret mosques, Sultan Süleyman Bridge, Yalı and Mehmed Bey baths and Yenihamam and Küçükhamam, Canfeda Kethüda Kadın and Mısıroğlu fountains, Sultan's mansion, İzmit Watch Tower, İzmit, Yarımca and Osman Hamdi Bey Museums.

Provincial Cultural Directorate

    Tel: (262) 322 44 04 - 322 11 50
    Fax: (262) 324 54 64


Cultural Center
    A hall vith 572 seating capacity for theater, conferences, etc.
    200 m² Exhibition Hall
    350 m² Library
    2 Art Workshops

    Contact Address: Sabancı Kültür Sitesi E5
    Karayolu Üstü Vilayet Karşısı - Kocaeli
    Tel: (262) 322 28 26


State Fine Arts Gallery Directorate
    Eski Vali Konağı
    KOCAELİ
    Tel: (0 262) 321 19 60
    Fax: 324 54 64


Museums

    Kocaeli (İzmit) Museum
    Address: Tepecik Mah. Saray Yokuşu Saat Kulesi Yanı
    Kocaeli
    Tel: (262) 321 22 74

    Ethnography Museum
    Address: Veli Ahmet Mah. Kocaeli
    Tel: (262) 224 25 38


Historical Sites and Ruins

    Archeology Museum
    Kerpe - Kandıra
    Anibal - Gebze
    Çenedere - İzmit / Derince


Significant Days

Local Days of Celebration:

    Yarımca Golden Cherry Culture and Art Festival
    Körfez
    6-19 July

    ENVIRONMENT '93 Spring and Environment Celebrations and Culture and Art Festival
    Gölcük
    24-30 May

    Nuts and Culture and Art Festival
    Değirmendere
    Last week of July

    Pear Festival
    Maşukiye
    August

    Quince Festival
    Eşme
    October

    Expositions:

    Kocaeli Industry Exposition
    İzmit
    28 June-15 July

    Kocaeli Entertainment Fair
    İzmit
    15 July - 15 August

    Festivities:

    Children's Celebrations
    Değirmendere
    21-23 April