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Darıca (District Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Darıca - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 10 October 2017


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Presentation of Darıca

The municipality of Darıca (157,304 inhabitants in 2012), the westernmost municipality in the Kocaeli Province, is located 40 km east of İstanbul. The municipality was established in 2008, separating from Gebze.

Ivan Sache, 5 June 2017


Flag of Darıca

The flag of Darıca (photo, photo) is white with the municipality's emblem. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".

The emblem, registered on 17 September 2016 as a trademark, was approved in April 2016 by the Parliament.
The emblem features the Gönül Birliği Kapısı (Heart Union Gate) monument (photo), the town's landmark. The monument, designed by Art İstanbul, recalls that Darıca is the "Gate of East to the West". Darıca was indeed the last stop of the Ottoman armies heading to Constantinople. The two crescents represent the Seljuk state and the Ottoman Empire, respectively, while the star represents the Republic of Turkey and the stability of the Republican civilization, supported by the two former deep-rooted civilizations.
[Gebze Gazetesi, 18 April 2016]

The crescents are decorated in Seljuk kündekâri style, based on eight- pointed stars.
In Anatolian Seljuk wood workmanship, carving is the technique most appropriate to, and most frequently employed for, the decorative style in which thuluth inscriptions and palmetto and half-palmetto motifs are often used amid rumî branches and tendrils. Decorations incorporating geometric patterns also occupy an important place in Seljuk wood workmanship. The ‘kündekâri’ technique is used especially on large surfaces such as doors, shutters, pulpits and wood panelling. Pieces of wood cut in lozenge, star or octagonal shapes are joined together inside regularly hollowed out strips of wood in an interlocking pattern.
[Turkish Cultural Foundation]

Ivan Sache & Tomislav Šipek, 10 October 2017


Former flag of Darıca

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Flag of Darıca, two versions - Images by Jens Pattke, 30 March 2013, and Tomislav Šipek, 3 July 2015, respectively

The former flag of Darıca (photo, photo, photo) was white with the municipality's former emblem.

Tomislav Šipek, 3 July 2015