Turk and Kosovo provinces become sister cities

"The city of Ipek has a significance for Turkish people. We attach great importance to these lands as the father of Mehmet Akif Ersoy (the poet who wrote the Turkish National Anthem) was born in this city," Major said.

Turk and Kosovo provinces become sister cities

Turkey's central Anatolian province of Afyonkarahisar and Kosova's northwestern province of Ipek will become sister cities, municipal officials said on Wednesday.

The proposal for declaring the two provinces "sister cities" was approved by Afyonkarahisar Municipality.

Afyonkarahisar Mayor Abdullah Kaptan said that Kosovo's Ipek province was an "Ottoman heritage".

"The city of Ipek has a significance for Turkish people. We attach great importance to these lands as the father of Mehmet Akif Ersoy (the poet who wrote the Turkish National Anthem) was born in this city," Kaptan said.

Ipek (also known as "Pec" in Serbian and "Peje" in Albanian) is a city and municipality in north-western Kosovo.

Starting from the late 14th century, the city was under Ottoman rule for nearly five centuries.

The town was settled by a large number of Turks, many of whose descendants still live in the area, and took on a distinctly oriental character with narrow streets and old-style Turkish houses. It also gained an Islamic character with the construction of a number of mosques, many of which still survive.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2008, 08:36
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