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Torbalı (District Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Torbalı, current and former version - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 27 May 2015, and Jens Pattke, 15 December 2012, respectively

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Presentation of Torbalı

The municipality of Torbalı (138,040 inhabitants in 2012, 127,101 in the town proper; 56,528 ha) is located 20 km south-west of İzmir.

Ivan Sache, 13 March 2016

Flag of Torbalı

The flag of Torbalı (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem in the middle. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality". The former flag of Torbalı (photo) was white with the municipality's former emblem in the middle
The emblem of the municipality features a column representing the ancient town of Metropolis, whose ruins are located near the village of Yeniköy. Quoting Turkey from the Inside:

Not much is known about the town which is thought to have taken its intriguing name from a temple to Meter Gallesia, the Mother Goddess. However, it appears to have fallen under the sway first of the Aydınoğlu emirate and then of the Ottomans. By the 19th century the old town’s hillside site had been abandoned in favor of Torbalı, an ugly new settlement that straddles the main road to Kuşadası.
The most prominent attraction is a restored theatre which seems to have been one of the earliest such stone buildings erected in Anatolia. In Roman times it could have seated up to 4,000 spectators, the VIPs accommodated in comfortable individually-carved seats right in front of the stage. The theatre lies to the west of the site. All the important public buildings – the Agora, the Stoa and the Bouleterion – were located in the east of the site.

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 13 March 2016