|Coordinates: 40°6′5″N 27°39′5″E / 40.10139°N 27.65139°ECoordinates: 40°6′5″N 27°39′5″E / 40.10139°N 27.65139°E|
|• Mayor||Hüseyin Yakar (AKP)|
|• District||1,118.21 km2 (431.74 sq mi)|
|• District density||66/km2 (170/sq mi)|
Names and etymology
The oldest known name of the town is Asepsus (Ασεψούς in Ancient greek). This was also the name of the brook, that flows next to the city center and was crossed by the Roman Aesepus Bridge. Research shows that the subsequent name was Artemea (Αρτεμέα), a derivation of the Greek goddess Artemis.
- Non-Turkish possibilities:
- Possible meanings in Turkish:
- A small pond that dries in summer, small pond, placid water
- Humid, wet, well-watered.
According to Evliya Çelebi's Seyahatname (In which he collected the notes of his journeys), Gönen was used by the governors of Bursa as a summer holiday location, where they enjoyed the therapeutic uses of the hot springs.
On 18 March 1953, Gönen suffered a M7.3 earthquake which left 50 dead in Gönen and hundreds of buildings damaged. a previous devastating earthquake had occurred here in 1440 AD.
According to, the census that took place in 2010, the population is 43,802. This data includes, the town center and nearby villages within the virtual borderline drawn by branches of Gonen Brook. The total population, including Sarıköy and all 89 villages, is 73407. The population distribution is mostly linear, as most villages are located in between the borders of the valley. However, population density noticeably decreases in more steep areas.
There are regular bus routes to and from Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir. Sea and train routes are available by transfer in Bandırma. Using available high speed ferry services, it takes 2 hours to reach Istanbul. The only train route available is to İzmir, but this is mostly used for cargo, rather than passenger transportation. Local air service is available through Bursa. International flights are handled through İstanbul and İzmir.
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- "Today In Earthquake History:March 18". United States Geological Survey. 2008-07-16. Archived from the original on May 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
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