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Torbalı (District Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Torbalı - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 12 May 2015

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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, which features the theater of the ancient town of Metropolis and a cogwheel alludeing to Torbalı Organized Industrial Zone (Tarbalı Organize Sanayi Bölgesi; heating-cooling, machinery production, building materials, furniture, plastic).

The history of the borough dates back to the antique ages. Today's Torbalı was built on the fruitful lands of the Küçük Menderes and first settlements began in 3000 B.C.’s on the borough which is between Ephesos (Selçuk), Smyrna (İzmir), Colophon (Değirmendere), Nation (Ahmetbeyli) and Nif (Kemalpaşa) antique cities.
The earliest settlement in the region was uncovered at Metropolis antique city. The region developed in 2500 B.C. during the Hittite reign and lives its most glorious days during the Lydian period. In order, it lived through the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze ages, the Phrygian, Lydian, Persian, Roman and Byzantine eras, between 1071 and 1317 Seljuk and Aydınoğulları, and finally the Ottoman Empire.
It is believed that the borough got its name from Triyanna or Tripolis which were other names for Metropolis. Metropolis means the city of the Mother Goddess. Famous historian Strabo had stated that the city was a wine center during the antique age.

The importance of Metropolis lies with the fact that it was built on a strategic hill on the main road between İzmir and Ephesus. This important but small city, where trade was popular, developed thanks to the products grown on fruitful lands and wine production. Another importance of Metropolis is that it had Hellenistic period monuments that are rare. The Metropolis antique city is still located on the outskirts of Kocadiz Mountain which is covered with olive and pine trees.
The theater in Metropolis was built on the slope made from the schist main rock and overlooks the south of the city just like many others during the Hellenistic period. Seating was fixed on a block that was carved inside the main rock. Seating is divided into two by the diazoma. At the bottom, there are 7 ax planned parts divided by stairs and 14 on the upper part. The theater has 3600 seating.
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Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 13 May 2018

Former flags of Torbalı

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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

The former flag of Torbalı (photo) was white with the municipality's former emblem. An older flag of Torbalı (photo) was white with another emblem.

Tomislav Šipek, 13 March 2016

Torbalı Chamber of Commerce

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Flag of TTO, current and former versions - Images by Ivan Sache, 4 April 2019

The flag of TTO (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the organization's emblem. Until 2016, TTO used a white flag charged with a more traditional emblem (photo, photo, photo).

Ivan Sache, 4 April 2019