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Flag of Yüreğir, two versions - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 15 December 2017
The municipality of Yüreğir (420,929 inhabitants in 2012, 416,302 in the town proper; 14,433 ha) is part of the town of Adana.
Ivan Sache, 16 March 2016
The flag of Yüreğir is celestial blue (photo) or white (photo) with the municipality's emblem. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of the municipality features the Misis bridge, located in the village of Yakapinar.
Called Mopsuestia or Mopsus or Mamistra, Misis is an ancient city of Cilicia Campestris on the Pyramus (also Pyramos, now river Ceyhan) river located approximately 20 km east of present-day Adana. Among the remains of Roman times, the most interesting is the elegant mosaic of the 4th century A.D representing Noah's Ark.
Built in the 4th century, the nine-arch Misis bridge is a Roman relic of the ancient city. In the middle ages Mopsuestia was a big city and the bridge was built on one of the most active trade roads to east. It was commissioned by the Roman Emperor Flavius Julius Constantinus (better known as Constantius II) in the forth century. It was restored by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century.
According to legend, the secret to immortality is hidden here. The in-flight magazine Skylife, for Turkish Airlines, writes “The Islamic sage Luqman the Wise, who dispensed medicinal potions he concocted from plants, discovered the secret of immortality one day in a flower that grew in the mountains. As he was dashing across the bridge in jubilation, the scrap of paper on which he had noted the formula was torn from his hand by the wind and flew into river Ceyhan.
Ever since, the secret to immortality has remained concealed in Çukurova's unparalleled beauty and the diversity of its flora.
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 15 December 2017