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Flag of Karaisalı - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 21 Aptil 2015
The municipality of Karaisalı (22,368 inhabitants in 2012, 7,504 in the town proper; 15,266 ha) is located 50 km north of Adana.
Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016
The flag of Karaisalı (photo, photo) is white with the municipality's emblem in the middle. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of the municipality features the Varda Viaduct (Varda Kemer), aka the German Bridge (Alman Köprüsü) or the Big Bridge (Koca Köprüsü). Quoting Turkey from the Inside:
Northwest of Adana at Kıralan, near Karaisalı, can be seen the German Bridge, a magnificent viaduct slung across a gap in the Taurus Mountains. It was built by German engineers between 1905 and 1916 as part of the plan to create a rail link all the way from Haydarpaşa station in İstanbul to Baghdad.
The viaduct spans the Çakıt Deresi for 172 m and its 11 pillars reach a height of 98 m. Further up the valley you can also see the pillars of a temporary bridge built to make it possible to bring materials up to the site.
The viaduct is still crossed by trains travelling between the Karaisalı and Hacıkırı stations. It shot to worldwide attention in 2012 when it was used in the filming of the James Bond movie, Skyfall.
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016