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Location in Turkey

Coordinates: 41°17′N 36°20′E / 41.283°N 36.333°E / 41.283; 36.333Coordinates: 41°17′N 36°20′E / 41.283°N 36.333°E / 41.283; 36.333

Country  Turkey
Province Samsun Province
 • Body İlçe (district)
Population ()
 • Urban
 • District
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 55xxx
Area code(s) 0362
Licence plate 55

İlkadım is a municipality and district governorate in Greater Samsun, Turkey. Samsun is one of 16 Metropolitan centers in Turkey with more than one municipality within city borders. Now in Samsun there are four second-level municipalities in addition of Greater Samsun (büyükşehir) municipality. The mayor is Necattin Demirtaş (MHP).


İlkadım is within the city of Samsun at 41°17′N 36°20′E / 41.283°N 36.333°E / 41.283; 36.333. It includes the port of the Samsun and the name İlkadım refers to Atatürks's arrival in Samsun (via sea) in order to start the Turkish War of Independence in 19 May 1919. (İlkadım means first step).The population of İlkadım is 307,746 as of 2009 [1] It constitutes % 59 of the population of Greater Samsun which is 519,611 .


The excavations carried on the höyük of Dündartepe revealed a settlement of Chalcolithic age. During early Hellenistic age there was a colony named Amisos (in greek Αμισός) founded by the colonialists from Miletus . It was captured by Julius Caesar of Roman Empire in 43 BC . After 1071, it was captured by Danishmends and Seljuks. In 1413 was incorporated into Ottoman Empire by Mehmet I.[2]

İlkadım is actually a part of the city of Greater Samsun. In 1994 it was decleared a municipality within the city borders of greater Samsun and the corresponding district governorate is established in 2008.

Rural area

There are 11 villages in the rural area of İlkadım. The total population of the district is (urban and rural) 315,089 [1]


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