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Ηandarlı is a coastal township with own municipality within the district of Dikili in western Turkey's İzmir Province. It is a well-developed town and an important tourist resort. Ηandarlı is situated on the northern coast of the (Gulf of Ηandarlı) and opposite the important industrial center of Aliağa, another district center.
The town's landmark is the 15th century Ottoman castle built by the Grand Vizier Ηandarlı (2nd) Halil Pasha (to distinguish from his homonymous grandfather). The castle, built to protect the Sultan Murat II who preferred to reside in nearby Manisa from a possible outside attack, is fully intact and open to visitors.
The Grand Vizier gave the town its present name. Ηandarlı's name in antiquity was Pitane. The ruins are situated slightly outside the town itself.

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