Yatağan, Muğla

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Skyline of Yatağan
Yatağan is located in Turkey
Location of Yatağan, Muğla within Turkey.
Coordinates: 37°35′N 28°14′E / 37.583°N 28.233°E / 37.583; 28.233Coordinates: 37°35′N 28°14′E / 37.583°N 28.233°E / 37.583; 28.233
Country Turkey
 • District895.96 km2 (345.93 sq mi)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
48x xx
Area code(s)(0090)+ 252
Licence plate48

Yatağan is a town and district of Muğla Province in the Aegean region of Turkey, about 26 km (16 mi) to north of Muğla.

Sights of interest[edit]

Situated in the heart of ancient Caria and, during the 13th - 14th centuries, of the territory of the Anatolian beylik of Menteşe, the district has several localities of interest rich in history; the region is also covered in large part by Mediterranean pine forests.

At a distance of 10 km (6 mi) to the west of the district center, in the direction of Milas, is the ancient site of Stratonikeia, in the present-day village of Eskihisar, and at walking distance from the ancient city is its sanctuary Lagina, near the present-day township of Turgut. Turgut was called Leyne officially until recent date and is still called as such locally.

Another spot of interest is the village of Çaybükü on the road to Muğla; the village has an old and restored coffee house, Belen Kahvesi, mentioned in a nationally renowned song called "Ormancı", which has as theme a tragic event that took place there in 1946. The coffee house is a tourist attraction today both because of the curiosity aroused by the song and also due to its views of the surrounding plain. Once again, Çaybükü had a different official name, Gevenes, until the 1950s and that name is still used locally. An unsuccessful petition was even made by the inhabitants in 2006 for a return to the former name, but while the Ministry of Interior Affairs could accept Geven, it did accept Gevenes;[3] the village is referred to by name in the song, under its former official name of Gevenes.

Yatağan Power Plant[edit]

Since the 1990s the town has attracted world attention due to the ecological pollution by the nearby Yatağan Thermal Power Plant, one of the largest Turkey's coal-burning power plant, built in 1976. There have been campaigns to shut it down by Greenpeace since 1994, and several shutdown court orders have been issued, only to be overruled or ignored because of the energy shortage.[4]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Çaybükü Köyü Gevenes Köyü olamadı (The village of Çaybükü could not re-become Gevenes)" (in Turkish). The newspaper Hürriyet. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  4. ^ "Plant Fumes in Power Vacuum". World Press Review. Retrieved 2001-05-13.

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