Balikesir is a province in the Midwestern part of Turkey. It has coastal areas on both the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara. This area is famous for its olives. The region is rich in history and mythology. Many conquerors, including Alexander the Great, passed through here. Several locations are associated with Homer’s Iliad. Edremit, for example, was the Adramyttium of the poem; the home of Chryseis, the beautiful captive who was the cause of the feud between Achilles and Agamemnon.
The capital of the province is the city of Balikesir, which has a population of about 247,000. It was formerly called Karesi. There are ruins here that date back to ancient times. The symbol of the city is a clock tower that was built in 1892. Lovers of photography will enjoy the Balikesir National Photography Museum, the only museum of its kind in Turkey. There is also a Museum of Modern Art. Ancient ruins from the times of the Persians, Greeks, and Romans can be seen in places such as Dascylium and Prokonnessos. Erdeck has ruins and an open air museum. At the site of ancient Cyzicus you can see the remains of an amphitheatre and the defensive walls. In Greek mythology this city was visited by Jason and the Argonauts.
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