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Flag of Lalapaşa - Image by Jens Pattke, 16 February 2013
The municipality of Lalapaşa (7,279 inhabitants in 2012, 1,525 in the town proper; 46,281 ha) is located 25 km north-west of Edirne, on the border with Bulgaria. The village of Hamzabeyli (239 inh.) is the place of the newest yet opened (2006) border crossing between Bulgaria (Lesovo) and Turkey, mostly used by trucks.
Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016
The flag of Lalapaşa is white with the municipality's emblem in the middle. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of the municipality features a dolmen (photos). Quoting the research report Black Sea Cultural Heritage - Turkey:
The existence of dolmens, found in various parts of the world, in Turkey has been established in Thrace, South and Southeast Anatolia. Megalithic monuments in Thrace have been first discovered owing to the investigations of Ş. A. Kansu and the efforts of the Edirne Museum. In 1964-1968 Kansu discovered 19 dolmens and several obelisks in the Edirne district of Lalapaşa. 118 dolmens have been discovered and documented since 1998 as a result of the superficial research of Prof. Dr. Mehmet Yosdogan and his team, who continued the work in the region, which began in 1980.
Researches dating back to 1998 proved that dolmens, which had then been considered to be restricted within the Lalapaşa region only, spread out to the north of Kırklareli and to the mountainous areas of Srandzha. The dolmens in Kırklareli spread out eastwards to Demirköy, and southwards to the villages of Yundolan and Chakallı. The dolmens in east Thrace date back to the end of the late Bronze Age and the beginning of the early Iron Age. It has also been established that the use of some of the dolmens had continued to 8-7 B.C.
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016