ABOUT KARTAL

Kartal District located on the Asian side of Istanbul, on the coast of Marmara sea with a population of 470.676 people, and a total land area of 38.54 km2 . Founded at the beginning of the 6th cc as a small fishermen’s village, Kartal District was designated as an industrial area in 1947 during the Republican era, and experienced a huge population growth thereafter. Kartal’s demographics has been changing ever since with the building of industrial factories, their closing afterwards.

  • 15 minutes away from Istanbul’s airport on the Asian side, Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Kartal is at a strategic position from a commuting perspective (railway, metro, sea transport).
  • As well as being the location of much frequented natural parks such as Ayazma and Yakacik (so called the Balcony of Istanbul), it is also host to the prosperous Dragos Hill Area, Aydos Forest (one of the few in all of Istanbul), Kartal Central Square, and Kartal Cornische (shoreline is around 12 km).
  • Current mayor of Kartal is Gökhan Yüksel and was elected to office in 2019 from the Republican People’s Party. The newly formed municipality has the following mission and vision:
  • Aside from the basic municipal duties such as caring for infrastructure, environment, economical and social development in the District, Kartal Municipality has undersigned quiet a few social responsibility projects. Examples include: City Institute Project, Extending Preschool Education, Women’s Consultation Centre, Women’s Handcrafts Market, Maya: Micro Credits for Women, Dental and Oral Health Centre for Children, Nursing Home, Annual Culture- Art Festival, Urban Restoration Project.
  • Common activities are carried on with national and international municipalities on Sister City Municipality Project.

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  • 15 apr2019
    Posted by / In City
    County of Kartal has a diverse socio-cultural makeup. Internal migration and subsequent population increase is influential in the diversity of Kartal.

    It is of great importance to convert this cultural diversity into opportunity and create a cultural mosaic in Kartal. In this regard, appraisal of current cultural centers, and building of new ones as well as creating in its residents a sense of belonging to Kartal and enhancing their consciousness are among the key strategies of the municipality.


    Municipality of Kartal participates in national and international socio-cultural activities and brings people of Kartal together during these events. Throughout the year, these cultural, artistic, educational and sportive activities occur periodically and put Kartal on the map as a center of cultural activity.


    Every summer “The Art and Culture Festival” is hosted in Kartal. Throughout the festival, seminars, discussions, panels, conferences, symposiums and educational and training activities for children, as well as concerts, movie showings and theaters are held in Kartal’s cultural centers.

  • 15 apr2019
    Posted by / In City
    It is easily accessible by various modes of public transportation (by bus, train, sea and air).

    Kartal is host to an industrial and commercial zone, unique geological richness, forest and coastal areas. Kartal lies at the northeast end of the Sea of Marmara and southwest of the peninsula of Kocaeli.

    To the east of Kartal lies Pendik and Tuzla, to its north lies Sultanbeyli, Maltepe is to the west. It has a land area of ~39 km2 , coastline of 7 km. It has a climate that transitions between that of the Black Sea climate with high precipitation and the warm Mediterranean climate. During the winter the cold weather from the Balkan peninsula affects the climate and on the average Kartal receives 7 days of snow and 25 days of frost.

    The coastline is covered with sand and clay with silica deposits to the north of the coastline. These deposits are covered with red and brown soil and are very fertile. Additionally, Yakacık has limestone and quartzite. Kartal has an undulating topography; starting at sea level and reaching Aydos Mountain at 539 m (Istanbul’s tallest peak). Kartal has valuable natural resources; fertile land, underground drinking water supplies, Yakacık, Aydos Mountain.

    The municipality is committed to the protection of Kartal’s natural resources.

  • 15 apr2019
    Posted by / In City
    There are 70 mosques in Kartal’s various neighborhoods, certified under the Republic of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate. There is one Djemevi (Alevi religious center) and one church (Surp Nişan Armenian Orthodox Church).
  • 05 feb2019
    Posted by / In City
    Since the 1970s Kartal has experienced immigration from Anatolia and the population has increased rapidly. According to the 2019 census the population was 470.676 people. Rapid increase in population has led to infrastructure problems due to unplanned urban development. The municipality is working to reduce these infrastructure problems.
  • 15 mar2019
    Posted by / In City
    At the start of 6th century A.D., during the Byzantine Empire, Kartal was a small fishing town named “Kartalimen”. The name “Kartal” was first given after a fisherman named “Kartelli” moved to the town of Kartal. During the reign of the Byzantine Empire, “Kartalimen” was considered an important port. The development of the county of Kartal can be traced back to the 6th century. During excavations in the districts of Samandıra and Yakacık, the historical artifacts that were found, dated back to the Byzantine Empire. During 1080 to 1083, Sultan Süleyman Şah of the Seljuk Empire took Pendik, Kartal and Maltepe under his control. A treaty was signed with the Sultan in 1084, which designated the border of Kartal under the rule of the Seljuk Empire as the Dragos Stream. The stream lies today to the west of Maltepe and runs through the Dragos Hill which now constitutes the border between Kartal and Maltepe. The treaty was the first to outline the border between the Byzantine Empire and the Seljuk Empire. In 1400, Kartal became a part of the Ottoman Empire. The first ferry station in Kartal was built during 1857. During that time period, Kartal was a small settlement. After the construction of the Haydarpaşa-Pendik suburban train line in 1873, Kartal’s population started growing. In 1947 after Kartal was declared as an industrial zone, the town’s population and production rapidly increased. Kartal is still one of the most important centers of commerce and industry in Istanbul. The county of Kartal has fertile land, important underground drinking water supplies. The district of Ayazma is well-known and Yakacık is a natural wonder.
  • 05 apr2019
    Posted by / In City
    There are 120 parks in Kartal. Most of these parks include playgrounds for children. 13 of these parks have basketball and/or football fields. There are also 14 sports facilities.

    The parks in Kartal have a total area coverage of 270.000 m2. 45 of these parks are above the inter-city highway. 75 of these parks are below the inter-city highway (between the highway and the coastline).

  • 05 apr2019
    Posted by / In City
    There are seven touristic sites within the county of Kartal. These are;

    • - Dragos Hill and the surrounding area (Natural Protected Area)
    • - Aydos Forest (Natural Protected Area)
    • - Soğanlık (Urban Protected Area)
    • - Kartal Square
    • - Yakacık Square
    • - Kartal Coastline (8,53 km)

    Besides these sites, Kartal is in great proximity to the Prince Islands, which increases Kartal’s touristic value. Additionally there are other sites under consideration to be added to this list. Among these are: Quarry Site, Industry Avenue and the avenue’s coastal connection (port), Urban Park (Balıklı Göl).