Manisa Ili Things to Do

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Manisa Ili Things to Do

  • The Sardes Ruins

    Located near Salihli upon the Izmir-Ankara route and approximately 71 km from Manisa, Sardes is the capital of the antique Lydian Kingdom and is renowned the first location that money was printed. Sardes had immense economic and political power during the 6th and 7th centuries BC. A significant portion of the Lydian prosperity came from the...

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  • Sardes-Arthemis Temple (Sart)

    The temple, whose construction has been started in the Hellenistic Period, was probably located in the holy area of an old Kybele cult. The temple is in Ionian style and has a pseudodipteros plan. At the beginning, it has been constructed in the name of Arthemis. In later periods, the cella of the temple has been divided into four parts and...

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  • Aigai (Nemrutkale)

    Located within the borders of the Koseler Village within the jurisdiction area of the Manisa provincial center, Aigai is one of the twelve Aiol towns that Heredot speaks of. Though there has been no expedition yet, the ruins evidence that the town stretches back to the Pergamon Kingdom and was an important commercial center during the Roman reign....

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  • Mesir Paste Festival

    Hafsa Sultan, the wife of Ottoman Padisha Yavuz Sultan Selim and the mother of Kanuni Sultan S?leyman ("Wonderful" S?leyman), became ill while in Manisa. When a cure could not be found, the Sultan appealed to Merkez Efendi, the head of the theological school connected to the Mosque that had been built in the Sultan's name. Merkez Efendi then mixed...

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  • Mesir Paste ('Mesir Macunu' in Turkish)

    Mesir Paste has a nice taste and a wonderful smell. Amongst its many uses, it is affective for aches, pains, colds, indigestion, lack of appelite and bad breath. The 41 spices used in the paste are as follows:Allspice, Alpina officinarum root, Anise, Black cumin, Black myrobalan, Black pepper, Buckthorn, Cardamon, Cassia, Chebulic myrobalan,...

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  • Philadelphia (Alasehir)

    The temple ruins, the theater on the northern foot of Toptepe, the city walls and eastern gate erected during the Byzantine reign and the St. Jean Church dating back the the 6th century BC are the most significant works found in Alasehir on the Toptepe flats considered the acropolis of antique Philadelphia. Founded by the Apostle Ioannes, the St....

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  • Bintepeler (Lydian King Tombs)

    On the southern stretch of the Salihli - Akhisar road and along the border of the Gediz Plains, there are approximately 90 tumulus. These are the tombs of the Lydian kings and the government officials that served the kingdom. The most significant of these tumulus is the tombs believed to house King Alyettes and King Gyeges.

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  • Kybele (Goddess of Prosperity)

    Kybele is an internationally recognized goddess of Anatolian origin who is identified with various names in distinct countries and cultures. On the Manisa-Turgutlu route, approximately 7 km from Manisa and located at the northern foot of Mt. Spil near the Akpýnar is a relief carved into the rock. This relief portraying Kybele - the mother of all...

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  • Niobe (The Weeping Rock)

    Mt. Spil has been subject to many stories related to the mythical king Tanthalos of the early age Anatolia. The most popular of these myths is the tragic tale of Tanthalos’s daughter Niobe. Niobe had 14 children, 7 of each sex. Niobe had high opinions of herself and felt she needed to be respected more than the goddess Leto since she had more...

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  • Manisa City Center

    City in western Turkey with more than 200,000 inhabitants, situated just 25 km northeast of Izmir. It is the capital of Manisa province with 1.3 million inhabitants.Manisa is an attractive, modern city with a far-reaching past in the Aegean region of Anatolia. Its history goes back to 500 BC but the first known settlements date back to the 14th...

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  • Aigai (Nemrutkale)

    Aigai (Nemrutkale), which was one of the 12 Aiol cities mentioned by Heroditus, is situated on a hill four-five kilometers to the south of Köseler Village. The history of the city, goes back to B.C.8th century according to the archeological data and historians. It was established in an area which was not sufficient enough for trade. As a...

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  • Sardes (Sart)

    There are ruins of the pompous old capital city of Lydia on both sides of the Izmir-Ankara road, 87 km away from Izmir. In the ancient, period the place was known as the capital of Lydia, the satrapy centre of Perseus, a big city of the Hellenistic period and the Roman Empire while today it is a small town situated near Salihli, in the Southeast...

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  • Sardes

    At Sart on the Sart Cayi (Pactole River) are the ruins of ancient Sardis, which was the capital of the Lydian realm of Croesus. There are the remains of the Temple of Artemis and a restored gymnasium, which testify to the past splendor of this ancient city. The important 3rd century synagogue is certainly worth a visit.

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  • The Weeping Rock of NIOBE

    There have been different touching stories since the old ages about the formation which is called the weeping rock by the locals, and it has become one of the symbols of Manisa. When you follow the road from the famous Red Bridge, walking under the plane trees 500 m up along the Çaybasi Stream, you find a fountain at the end of the road. If you...

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  • Houses at Kula

    The authentic Turkish houses scattred all long this appealing historical quarter of Manisa; Kula, wil offer a fascinating experince that will embelish your Sardis trip. The blue, ochre, and dark pink painted facades of traditional Kula houses contribute to the town’s charmingly colourful atmosphere where you can feel the touch of the unique...

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  • Manisa Tulip (Anemon)

    Everybody thinks that tulips come from Holland. Actually, Tulips are native to Central Asia and Turkey. In the 16th Century they were brought to Holland from Turkey, and quickly became widely popular. Today Tulips are cultivated in Holland in great numbers and in huge fields. Dutch bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, are exported all around the...

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  • Tarzan of Manisa

    Ahmet Bedevi, known as Tarzan of Manisa, was born in 1900 in Baghdad the became a soldier and fought in the War of Independence and was honoured with a medal. He came to the ruined and destroyed Manisa in 1923. Bedevi, whose endeavor in life was to plant trees all over the town, started working at the Municipality as a fireman and a gardener. He...

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  • The Spil Mountain National Park

    Situated in Manisa province this park has interesting flora, fauna and thermal springs. Manisa City was founded on the skirts of the Spil Mountain. Camping climbing and picnicking are possible. Inside the park is Niobe Rock, the mythical weeping rock, a relief of Cybele, old caves and canyons and wild Manisa tulips.

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  • The Sultan Mosque

    The Sultan Mosque of the 16th century was built for Ayse Sultan, mother of Suleyman the Magnificent. In her honor, the Mesir Macunu Festival (Spiced Candy which is supposed to restore health, youth and potency, called as "Turkish Viagra" as well) is held every year in March, in the grounds of this mosque.

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  • Manisa Province

    The province of Manisa is located in Western Anatolia between Spil Mountain and Gediz River and is at an important junction point for transportation of Aegean Region. The city is a developed agricultural, industrial and trade city. The foundation history descends to the BC 3000 years and the traces and remnants of Hittite, Frig, Lydia, Macedonian,...

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