Of, Turkey
Of is a town and district of Trabzon Province
Trabzon Province
Trabzon Province is a province of Turkey on the Black Sea coast. Located in a strategically important region, Trabzon is one of the oldest trade port cities in Anatolia. Neighbouring provinces are Giresun to the west, Gümüşhane to the southwest, Bayburt to the southeast and Rize to the east. The...

 in the Black Sea region of Turkey
Turkey , known officially as the Republic of Turkey , is a Eurasian country located in Western Asia and in East Thrace in Southeastern Europe...

. It is located in the eastern part of Trabzon
Trabzon is a city on the Black Sea coast of north-eastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Trabzon, located on the historical Silk Road, became a melting pot of religions, languages and culture for centuries and a trade gateway to Iran in the southeast and the Caucasus to the northeast...

 and is an important historical district of the province. The mayor is Oktay Saral (AKP
Justice and Development Party (Turkey)
The Justice and Development Party , abbreviated JDP in English and AK PARTİ or AKP in Turkish, is a centre-right political party in Turkey. The party is the largest in Turkey, with 327 members of parliament...



There are several stories about the origins of its name. According first assumption it means "village", "settlement" in Laz
Laz language
The Laz language is a South Caucasian language spoken by the Laz people on the Southeast shore of the Black Sea...

 (Laz: oput'e) - the old name of the town is mentioned as "Opinute". By the other version its name is the replica of the word ofis, a Greek
Greek language
Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages. Native to the southern Balkans, it has the longest documented history of any Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the majority of its history;...

 word for "snake". The other assumption suggests that the name of the district stems from "Op" which means "gun" in the old South Siberian Turkic language.

The history of Trabzon started with the Greek colonies in the region.

Notable people

  • Yaser Hacımustafaoğlu
    Yaser Hacımustafaoğlu
    Yaser Hacımustafaoğlu is a Turkish professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Karşıyaka in the TFF First League. He is also a youth international, earning caps at the U-17, U-18, U-19, and U-20 levels.-References:...

     (1991) footballer
  • Fatih Öztürk
    Fatih Öztürk
    Fatih Öztürk is a Turkish professional footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Karabükspor in the Süper Lig.-Club career:...

     (1983) footballer
  • Mehmet Yılmaz (1979) footballer

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