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Town in southwestern Turkey with 70,000 inhabitants (2004 estimate) about 5 km from the Burdur Lake. It is the capital of Burdur province with 260,000 inhabitants (2004 estimate).
The industries of Burdur produce textiles, rose oil and copper products.
Burdur is the end station for a northbound railway, linking the town with Afyon 200 km north and Eskisehir 350 km north. It is connected by road with Isparta 50 km east and Antalya 120 km south.
12 km from Burdur lies the second largest cave in the world, 597 metres long with 9 pools and millions of stalactites and stalagmites.

The history of the region goes back 8,000 years, and excavations have revealed 9 stages of habitation from the Chalcolithic period to the Neolithic period.
Known as Polydorion around the times of the Crusades.
12th century: Comes under control of the Seljuqs.
15th century: Falls under the Ottoman Empire.

By Tore Kjeilen