is a town and a district of Aydın Province
, in the Aegean
region of Turkey
, from the city of Aydın
, on the road to Muğla
Formerly known as Kıroba
, Çine is an attractive rural district in the southern part of the valley of the Büyük Menderes River
, on the southern flank of Madran
mountain. The local economy depends on mining of quartz
, forestry and agriculture. A dam is being built for a hydro-electric power station, after which the reservoir will be used to irrigate the surrounding farmland, however this project, which began in 1995, was still incomplete as of 2006 . The local cuisine features köfte
Çine itself is a small town of 20443 people.
Throughout the ages this area has belonged to the Ionians
, Ancient Rome
, was viciously fought over by the Seljuk Turks
and Byzantines, eventually ending up in the hands of the Anatolian beylik
of the Menteşe
. The original settlement is 8 km south of the modern town.
In 1426 the area was brought into the Ottoman Empire
by Murat II
. The town grew in the 19th century when following the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878
displaced Turks from Russia were resettled here by Sultan Abdul Hamid II
. The town was destroyed by fire in 1900 and rebuilt.
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