Yenişehir, Mersin

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Yenişehir is a municipality and district governorate in Greater Mersin, Turkey. Mersin is one of the 30 metropolitan centers in Turkey with more than one municipality within city borders. In Mersin there are four second-level municipalities in addition to Greater Mersin (büyükşehir) municipality.


Originally a part of Mersin municipality, the municipality of Yenişehir was established in 1993 as a secondary level municipality of Mersin. The corresponding district governorate is established in 2008.


Yenişehir at 36°47′N 34°36′E is located between Akdeniz (east) and Mezitli (west) municipalities, both of which are intracity municipalities of Mersin. In the east Yenişehir is bounded by Efrenk River and in the south by Mediterranean Sea.


According to 2012 figures, the population of Yenişehir was 207.980 ( 101.435 male and 106.545 female citizens), as of 2012. Approximately 22% of Mersin citizens live in Yenişehir. The annual population growth is over 3.7% which is higher than Mersin average.


Yenişehir is mostly devoted to residences. All along sea side, there is a park (more than 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) long) which provides an excursion area to residents. The district is considered to be one of the wealthier neighbourhoods of Mersin. The 65,000 square metres (0.025 square miles) shopping center of "Forum" lies at the middle of Yenişehir. Both Mersin University and Toros University are in Yenişehir. Muğdat Mosque, the largest mosque in Mersin is also in Yenişehir.

Rural area

There are eight villages and one town in the rural area of Yenişehir. The total population of the district is (urban and rural) 212,813


Most of Mersin sports venues are in Yenişehir. Tevfik Sırrı Gür Stadium as well as Mersin Olympic Stadium (still under construction) are in Yenişehir. Edip Buran Arena, Nevin Yanıt Athletics Complex, Macit Özcan Sports Complex, Mersin Olympic Swimming Pool, Mersin Volleyball Hall, Servet Tazegül Arena, Mersin Tennis Complex and Mersin Gymnastics Hall are also in Yenişehir. All of these facilities were used in 2013 Mediterranean Games. For the 2013 Mediterranean Games, a 1,288-seat new Mersin Gymnastics Hall was built, and the existing multi-sport venue Edip Buran Arena as well as the Nevin Yanıt Athletics Complex were renovated and modernized. The Edip Buran Arena is home to Turkish Basketball League (TBL) player Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi men's and Turkish Women's Basketball League (TKBL) player Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi women's basketball teams. Tevfik Sırrı Gür Stadium is the home to Mersin İdmanyurdu. Another new sports venue built for the 2013 Mediterranean Games is the Mersin Volleyball Hall with 1,000 seating capacity, which hosted the men's tournament matches. The Macit Özcan Sports Complex, built in 2008, consists of three football fields, three tennis courts and three swimming pools, one of them in Olympic-size. The water polo events took place at this site on June 19–26.

International relations

Yenişehir is twinned with: Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany
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