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Samsun

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Specialty Museums · Shopping Malls · Monuments
Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. It is the provincial capital of Samsun Province and a major Black Sea port. The growing city has two universities, several hospitals, shopping malls, a lot of light manufacturing industry, sports facilities and an opera.Mustafa Kemal Atatürk began the Turkish War of Independence here in 1919.NameThe present name of the city may come from its former Greek name of Amisos by a reinterpretation of eis Amison and ounta to eis Sampsunda and then Samsun.The early Greek historian Hecataeus wrote that Amisos was formerly called Enete, the place mentioned in Homer's Iliad. It has also been known as Peiraieos by Athenian settlers and even briefly as Pompeiopolis by Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus.The city was called Simisso by the Genoese and during the Ottoman Empire the present name was written in .HistoryAncient historyPaleolithic artifacts found in the Tekkeköy Caves can be seen in Samsun Archaeology Museum.
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