Manisa is one of the biggest and one of the most crowded cities in Turkey. It is located in the middle of the Aegean region and after Izmir it’s the second most crowded city in that region. According to 2020 database, the population of Manisa is about 1.5 million people. It’s also a trade center and the second biggest industrial city in the region. It’s also a historical city at the same time, during the Ottoman era it was known as “Şehzadeler şehri” which means the city of the crown princes. There are many historical and natural places to see either in the city center or in the suburs of Manisa.
It’s located 24 kilometers away from the center of Manisa and 50 kilometers away from Izmir. It’s rich of history, mythology and flora. The peak of Spil is about 1517 meters. Manisa tulip is an endemic type of tulips and they can be seen on that mountain.
Monument of Niobe
It’s known as “Ağlayan Kaya” which means the crying rock. This is about the myth of Niobe. According to the Greek mythology, Niobe was born in Manisa and her childhood was here with the goddess Leto. After she got married, she had 6 daughters and 6 sons, totally 12 children but Leto had just 2, Artemis and Apollon. Niobe was too proud of herself that she had 12 children but Leto had only 2. And that made Leto very angry so Leto ordered Artemis and Apollon to kill Niobe’s children. When Niobe saw her children dead, she began to cry and she cried for days and finally Zeus transformed her into a rock at the slopes of the Spil mountain. When you see that rock from a little far it looks like a woman and water dripping from the holes of rock so it looks like a crying woman.
The mosque was built in the name of Ottoman Sultan Murad III. between 1583-1585. The mosque was designed by architect Sinan but it was built by his student Mehmet Aga. It has a classic Ottoman design and it is decorated with brilliant tiles.
Yes, you heard it right! Kuladocia, not Cappadocia! It’s not known as much as Cappadocia but Kuladocia is also such an amazing place. It has many fairy chimneys like in Cappadocia. And also this land was called as “burnt land” by the Anatolian historian Strabon about 2000 years before because when he saw this place there was no trees, it was all empty and the land was covered with dust and ash.
Sardis ancient city is located near Salihli, in Manisa. It was the capital of the Lydia Kingdom and it was one of the most important cities of the Persian Empire. One of the Seven churches of Asia is located near Sardis. The famous King Road starts from Sardis and also it is known as the city where the money first invented.
The Temple of Artemis at Sardis is the fourth largest Ionic temple in the world. It is located at the slopes of Tmolus mountain.
St. Jean Church
St. Jean Church is located in Alaşehir district of Manisa province. Alaşehir called as Philadelphia in antiquity, was established by the Pergamon king Eumenes II. for his brother Attalos II. The church was built in the 6th century AD. St. Jean is one of the seven churches of the early Christianity which are all located in Asia minor. The church was mostly destroyed because of the earthquakes in the region and nowadays it’s possible to see three columns out of six from the original building.