Söğüt is a town and district of
Bilecik Provincein the Marmara region of Turkey. Söğüt has an area of convert|599|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on and borders Bilecikto the west, Gölpazarıto the north, İnhisarto the northeast, Eskişehirto the southeast, and Bozüyükto the southwest. The 2000 census put the population at 21,012 citizens, and according to a 2005 estimate, the population was about 22,000. Söğüt has 5 boroughs and 23 villages. Çaltı and Küre, who are 2 of these villages, have a municipality. Söğüt 31 km away from Bilecik and 52 km away from Eskişehir. She depends economically to Eskişehir.
Söğüt was a Seljuk Turkish tribe in western
Anatoliathat later gave birth to the Ottoman Empire. It was a small but sophisticated tribe (in comparison with other Turkish tribes of the time) that extended from the Kayibranch of the Seljuk Turksthat in the 12th and 13th centuries invaded Anatolia. The village of Söğüt was surrounded by three greater Turkish tribes; Eskenderum in the north, Eskişehir in the east, Konyali in the south; and with the Byzantine Empirein the west. Legend has it that the "bey" (chief) of the tribe in the late 13th century, Ertuğrul, bravely kept the enemies at bay so that his son, Osman, could conquer them all during his reign, 1299to 1324. When Osman's son, Orhan, came to power after his father's death he renamed the tribe Osmanli in honour of his father. The village of Söğüt (formerly Thebasion until 1231) later grew into a town that served the Osmanli tribe as capital until the capture of the Byzantine city of Prusa in 1325when the capital was moved to the far more luxurious palaces of the Byzantines.
Söğüt was the birthplace of Sultan
Osman I. It was conquered by Ertuğrulfor the Anatolian Seljuks from the Nicean Empirein 1231. It was called Thebasion before the Turkish conquest.
Today Söğüt is a small town in the humid river valley of
Bilecik Provincein Turkey. Turkish history and life-size statues of the Ottoman sultans are exhibited in the Söğüt Ethnographical Museum. It is also the 3rd biggest district center in its province after Bozüyükand Bilecik. Market of her is open every Thursday and some people visit the city from districts of İnhisarand Yenipazar for shopping.
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