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Antalya (Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Antalya - Image by Onur Özgün, 3 September 2004


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Presentation of Antalya

Antalya Metropolitan Municipality (1,041,972 inhabitants in 2011, 994,890 in the town of Antalya proper) is located on the Mediterrenean coast of Turkey. Antalya is one of the biggest tourism centers of the country with beaches, hotels and archeaological sites. It has a very warm climate, especially in summer. It is famous for citrus fruit, especially oranges. There is an annual film festival held in Antalya called "Golden Orange", which is the oldest and most important film festival of Turkey.

Onur Özgün, 3 September 2004


Flag of Antalya

The flag of Antalya is white with the town's emblem, composed of the letter "a", for Antalya, with sun rays and an orange figure in the center. The figure also looks like a tree (may be a palm).

Onur Özgün, 3 September 2004

The emblem on the flag quite resembles the Turkish good luck charms that are sold all along the southern coast of Turkey and, maybe, in the rest of the country, as well. These charms are believed to protect the owner from evil ghosts; Turks wear them around the neck, on keyrings, in cars, etc.

Hans Bomers, 4 April 2006


Antalyaspor

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Flag of Antalyaspor, two versions - Images by Ivan Sache, 12 March 2016

Antalyaspor Kulübü was established in 1966 as the merger of Yenikapı SuSpor, İlk Işıkspor and Ferrokromspor.
On 25 June 2015, Antalyaspor signed on Samuel Eto'o (b. 1981; 118 caps and 54 goals with the national team of Cameroon; 145 appearances and 108 goals during his climax period with FC Barcelona, 2004-2009). Eto'o served as the interim manager of the club from 7 December to 6 January 2016.
On 5 February 2016, Antalyaspor beat Fenerbahçe, who led the First League and had remained undefeated for 13 matches.

The official flag of Antalyaspor (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the club's emblem in the middle.
The club was renamed Medical Park Antalyaspor in 2010, which is reflected in another version of the club's flag (photo, photo). Here the original emblem is surrounded by the club's full name and a black ring.

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Other flag of Antalyaspor, two versions - Images by Ivan Sache, 12 March 2016

The club also uses a red-white horizontally striped flag (seven stripes) with the club's emblem in the middle (photo, photo).

The club's emblem features the letters "A" and "S", for Antalyaspor, surrounding the town's landmark, the Yivli Minaret. Quoting the ArchNet website:

The minaret, known as Yivli ["fluted"] after its semi-circular flanks, is the oldest structure of an informal religious complex located in the historic castle of Antalya that consists of a mosque, madrasa, Mevlevi lodge (mevlevihane) and two domed tombs. A marble inscription at the base of the minaret names Seljuk Sultan Ala al-Din Kay Qubadh I (1220-1237) as its builder.
The brick minaret is located to the east of the mosque, about four and a half meters away from its south-east corner. It stands on a stone base that is six and a half meters tall and five and a half meters wide. The upper corners of the base are chamfered to meet an octagonal transition zone carved with a blind niche on each side. Little remains of the mosaic of turquoise and cobalt-blue tiles decorating the niches of this zone. The eight semi-circular flanks of the shaft begin above a narrow circular ring and taper slightly inward before terminating at a second circular band below the stone muqarnas consoles of the balcony. Blue glazed tiles woven into every other row of the brick shaft create an illusion of stripes traveling up the flanks. The minaret ends with a simple cylindrical turret above the balcony and is capped with a lead-covered conical cap. The simple stone balustrade of its balcony may be a later addition.

Ivan Sache, 12 March 2016