Trabzon Province

Trabzon Province (Turkish: Trabzon ili) is a province of Turkey on the Black Sea coast. Located in a strategically important region, Trabzon is one of the oldest trade port cities in Anatolia. Neighbouring provinces are Giresun to the west, Gümüşhane to the southwest, Bayburt to the southeast and Rize to the east. The provincial capital is Trabzon city, and the traffic code is 61. The major ethnic groups are Turks, but the province is also home to a minority of Muslim Pontic Greek speakers,[2] though younger speakers are not always fluent in this language.

Trabzon Province

Trabzon ili
Location of Trabzon Province in Turkey
RegionEast Black Sea
  Electoral districtTrabzon
  Total6,685 km2 (2,581 sq mi)
  Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Area code(s)0462
Vehicle registration61


Trabzon province is divided into 18 districts:

Districts along the 114 km coastline (from west to east): Beşikdüzü, Vakfıkebir, Çarşıbaşı, Akçaabat, Yomra, Arsin, Araklı, Sürmene and Of.[3]
Districts inland: Tonya, Düzköy, Şalpazarı, Maçka, Köprübaşı, Dernekpazarı, Hayrat and Çaykara.

Beşikdüzü and Şalpazarı gained district status in 1988, Çarşıbaşı, Düzköy, Köprübaşı, Dernekpazarı and Hayrat in 1990.


Remarkably attractive throughout its history, Trabzon was the subject of hundreds of travel books by western travellers, some of whom had named it "city of tale in the East" The capital city Trabzon was founded, as Trapezus, by Greek colonists from Sinope, modern Sinop, Turkey. Starting from the 9th century BC, the city had also been mentioned by historians such as Homeros, Herodotus, Hesiodos. The first written source regarding Trabzon is Anabasis, authored by Xenophon. An important Roman and Byzantine centre, it was the capital of the Empire of Trebizond from 1204 to 1461. Trabzon was subsequently made part of the Ottoman Empire by Mehmet the Conqueror. It was initially a sanjak before gaining the status of eyalet, and finally became a vilayet in 1868. After the region was conquered in 1461, the Fatih Medrese (1462), Hatuniye Medrese (1515), İskender Pasha Medrese (1529) and Hamza Pasha Medrese (1543) were established as important medreses (educational centers; some of them within külliye complexes) of the period.[4]

The province was a site of major fighting between Ottoman and Russian forces during the Caucasus Campaign of World War I, which resulted in the capture of the city of Trabzon by the Russian army under command of Grand Duke Nicholas and Nikolai Yudenich in April 1916. The province was restored to Turkish control in early 1918 following Russia's exit from World War I with the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.



  • 2000 - 979,081
  • 1997 - 858,687
  • 1990 - 795,849
  • 1985 - 786,194
  • 1980 - 731,045
  • 1975 - 719,008
  • 1970 - 659,120
  • 1965 - 595,782
  • 1960 - 532,999
  • 1955 - 462,249
  • 1950 - 420,279
  • 1945 - 395,733
  • 1940 - 390,733
  • 1935 - 360,679
  • 1927 - 290,303

See also


  1. "Population of provinces by years - 2000-2018". Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. Pontic Greek: Romeika of Trabzon Archived 2008-06-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Trabzon city Archived 2011-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Trabzon history Archived 2008-06-12 at the Wayback Machine

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