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Flag of Samsun, two versions - Images by Jens Pattke, 3 October 2012

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Flag of Samsun

The flag of Samsun (photo, photo) is white with the municipality's emblem. "Büyükşehir Belediyesi" means "Metropolitan Municipality".

The emblem features Samsun's landmark, the Statue of Honor, an equestrian monument dedicated to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938). The monument recalls that Kemal landed on 19 May 1919 in Samsun, where he started the organization of a national movement, the first step to the War of Independence (1919-1922). The monument was designed by the Austrian architect Heinrich Krippel (1883-1945), commissioned by Governor Kazım Pasha. Of nearly 9 m in height, the monument was inaugurated in 1932.
[GNM Matahari Services]

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 26 November 2017


19 May University


Flag of OMÜ - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 November 2017

OMÜ; website) was established in 1975 in Samsun to foster economic, cultural and social life in the Black Sea region. OMÜ is named for 19 May 1919, the day Mustafa Kemal Atatürk landed in Samsun.
OMÜ is composed of 17 Faculties, 4 Schools, 13 Vocational Schools and 5 Institutes.

The flag of OMÜ (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the university's emblem.

Ivan Sache, 26 November 2017

Canik Success University


Flag of Canik Success University - Image by Ivan Sache, 3 December 2017

Canik Success University (Canik Başarı Üniversitesi) was established in 2012.
The foundation of Canik Başarı University, Samsun’s first private institution of higher learning, was officially laid on Sunday in a ceremony. Public Works and Housing Minister Mustafa Demir, Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Samsun deputy Suat Kılıç and a large crowd of locals took part in the ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Demir noted that the university, which will be located in Samsun’s Canik district, will contribute significantly to the Black Sea province of Samsun as well as to Turkey. “Samsun has recently come into the spotlight for negative events, such as the attack on Kurdish politician Ahmet Türk in Samsun on April 12. However, Samsun is engaged in important projects. The city, which played a significant role in the country’s War of Independence, will soon have two universities, the first one being On Dokuz Mayıs University. I appreciate every person who is exerting great effort to establish the new university,” Kılıç said.
Galip Öztürk, a businessman whose company has undertaken the project of establishing the new university, said he did not have the opportunity to attend university but that he is pleased because the university will offer many students the chance to study at one. The new university, which will be built on 130,000 square meters of land, is expected to open its doors for the 2012-2013 academic year.
[Today's Zaman, 18 May 2010]

In the aftermath of the aborted coup of 15 June 2016, Canik Başarı Üniversitesi was among the 15 universities closed down by the Decree proclaiming the State of Emergency, adopted on 23 June 2016, for alleged "links with the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ, the name given to the Gülen movement by the Turkish government). Another 35 five health institutions, 43 private educational institutes, 229 foundations and associations and 19 trade unions were closed by the same Decree.
[Samsun Ajans, 23 July 2016]

The flag of Canik Success University (photo) was white with the university's emblem. The flag was also used with a light blue background and the emblem in white (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo).

Ivan Sache, 3 December 2017



Flag of Samsunspor - Image by Ivan Sache, 9 November 2016

Samsun has a football history stretching back to 1919 when Tahir Usta founded Samsun İdman Yurdu. They were joined by Alyıldız İdman Ocağı two years later. Samsun's third club Zaferi Millî İdman Derneği, later known as Türkocağı Spor Şubesi was founded in 1923. In 1926 Alyıldız İdman Ocağı and Türkocağı Spor Şubesi united under the guidance of Nuri Bey and established Samsunspor (Samsunspor Kulübü Derneği). However, the club became recognized as a professional football club years later in 1965 after the cities amateur teams 19 Mayıs, Fener Gençlik, Akınspor and Samsun Galatasaray Gençlik merged with Samsunspor.

Samsunspor had been one of the more successful teams outside of the traditional big four. The Red Lightning had participated in the Turkish Super League for 13 years between 1993-2006; however, it failed to win any title during this period.
The clubs darkest hour came 20 January 1989 when the team coach crashed on the way to an away game with Malatyaspor. Manager Nuri Asan, players Muzaffer Badalıoğlu, Mete Adanır, Zoran Tomiç and the coach driver Asım Özkan all lost their lives. Seven additional squad members were also injured. Samsunspor were unable to continue and pulled out of the league. However, the Turkish Football Federation allowed them to remain in the top flight due to the unfortunate circumstances.
[Turkish Football - Team Profile]

The official flag of Samsunspor (photo) is vertically divided red-white-red (1:2:1) with the club's emblem in the middle.

Ivan Sache, 9 November 2016

Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Flag of the Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Image by Ivan Sache, 3 September 2019

The flag of the Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (photo) is white with the organization's emblem.

Ivan Sache, 3 September 2019