About Turkey - Cities


The Republic of Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti)

Foundation: 1923

Language: Turkish (uses Latin alphabet)

Flag: Red background with a white crescent and star in the middle.

National Anthem: İstiklal Marşı (The Anthem of Independence)

Capital: Ankara

Currency: Turkish Lira

Location: Republic of Turkey is a country in the Northern Hemisphere, at the intersection point of European and Asian continents. Of the country's territory, a major part is located in the Anatolian peninsula, and the rest is located in Trachea which is the extension of the Balkan Peninsula. Three edges of the country are surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea as well as Straits, the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea connecting those two aforementioned seas.

Area: 814 578 square kilometres (314 500 square miles) % 3 on the European continent % 97 on the Asian continent

Population: The population is 72.561.312 as of the date December 1, 2008. (Source: http://www.tuik.gov.tr)

Calling Code: (+90)

Electricity: 220 VOLT

Time: Local time is equal to GMT + 2 hours. Same time zone all over the country (seven hours ahead of U.S. -Eastern Standard Time)

Weights and Measures: Metric and Kilo system

Official Days in Turkey:

- New Year's Day: Jan 1

- National Sovereignty and Children's Day: Apr 23

- Labour and Solidarity Day: May 1

- Atatürk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day: May 19

- Victory Day: Aug 30

- Eid ul-Fitr (The Festival of Breaking of the Fast): (2015), July 17-19-

- Republic Day: Oct 29

- Eid al-Adha (The Festival of Sacrifice): (2015), September 22-26

Cities and provinces with Medical Park Group Hospitals:



ISTANBUL

Located in the center of the Old World, Istanbul is one of the world's great cities famous for its historical monuments and magnificent scenic beauties. It is the only city in the world which spreads over two continents: it lies at a point where Asia and Europe are separated by a narrow strait - the Bosporus. Istanbul has a history of over 2,500 years, and ever since its establishment on this strategic junction of lands and seas, the city has been a crucial trade center.

The historic city of Istanbul is situated on a peninsula flanked on three sides by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus and the Golden Horn. It has been the capital of three great empires, the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and for more than 1,600 years over 120 emperors and sultans ruled the world from here. No other city in the world can claim such a distinction. Surrounded by 5th century Roman city walls and stretching over seven hills, Istanbul is adorned by the masterpieces of Turkish art, the great mosques of the Sultans that crown the hills. The city presents an exquisite, majestic and serene silhouette from all directions. The Golden Horn, which is a very secure natural harbour, has played a significant role in the development of the city. Istanbul has always been a city of tolerance where mosques, churches and synagogues existed side by side. The city is growing dynamically and developing at full speed on an east-west axis along the shores of the Marmara. Istanbul is a vibrant metropolis of 15 million where five-star hotels offer sumptuous accommodations and ambitious restaurants compare with the best of New York or London.

What to do In Istanbul?

Daily excursions available throughout the year will give you the chance to visit the most important historical sites, museums, famous Grand Bazaar and surroundings. Excursions departing from hotels of the port present to you the monuments in the historical peninsula in half-day tours. You get a chance to visit Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) Museum, the Mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent, the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet (also known as the Blue Mosque), Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace Museum. You may also participate in tours taking you on the Bosporus or to the Asian side. Then, you will go back home with unforgettable and beautiful memories.

The Roman fortifications, Chora (Kariye) Museum renowned for its late Byzantine period frescoes and mosaics, the Galata Tower for a splendid panorama of the city, Dolmabahçe Palace on the Bosporus - the richest palace museum in the world, Archaeological Museums, Turkish-Islamic Arts Museum, the Spice Bazaar and others require 3 to 4 days' time.

Cruising Bosporus… A ferry ride on the Bosporus will be amongst the most unforgettable. You may be carried away with the unparalleled beauty of the "yali" mansions lining along the coasts and from which many ancient love stories still reflect on the water, luxurious modern villas of the 20th century, the palaces of Dolmabahce, Beylerbeyi and Goksu, Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses, remnants of the fishing villages, restaurants, tea gardens, and night clubs. In the same day you can cool off in the waters of the Black Sea and then relax with a cup of coffee at a tea garden on the quiet coasts of the Sea of Marmara enjoying the beauty of the Istanbul Straits.

Istanbul is a place where the ancient meets the modern. For shopping there is a great variety of choices. The Grand Bazaar and the big reputable shops by it, the shopping malls of Ak Merkez, Galleria, Capitol and many more, and the boutiques at Nisantasi and Beyoglu and in the Baghdad Street are at your service all through the year.

The Grand Bazaar still retains the dreamlike atmosphere of the "good old days," yet; it presents you with the newest choices of the modern world: eye-catching jewellery, copper work, rugs, leatherwear, suede wear, and many more… Once caught by it, you may lose track of time strolling in the Grand Bazaar.

Besides its historical importance and cultural heritage, the city is furnished with modern hotels, elegant restaurants, nightclubs, bars, historical bazaars and shops as well.

IZMIR

İzmir is the third largest city in Turkey, with a population of around 2.5 million, the second biggest port after Istanbul, and a good transport hub. Once the ancient city of Smyrna, it is now a modern, developed, and busy commercial center, set around a huge bay and surrounded by mountains. The broad boulevards, glass-fronted buildings and modern shopping centres are dotted with traditional red-tiled roofs, the 18th century market, and old mosques and churches, although the city has an atmosphere more of Mediterranean Europe than traditional Turkey.

The climate is comfortable, with a relatively mild summer due to the refreshing breeze from the Aegean. The long attractive palm-fringed promenade, Birinci Kordon, which stretches the entire length of the city up to the Alsancak Ferry Terminal, is a popular spot for evening walks, and there are many cafes along the waterfront. Izmir has a good selection of culture and entertainment, from the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museums, to the Izmir State Opera and Ballet and Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, to many bars and clubs. The cosmopolitan and lively city gets even busier during the International Izmir Festival (mid-June to mid-July) with music and dance, with performances also in nearby Cesme and Ephesus.

What to do In Izmir?

Kemeralti Bazaar: The big bazaar in the city center stretches from the coast road to the Konak area, and is a major shopping centre with a vast array of goods inside. It combines modern businesses, shops and cafes, with antiques, dried fruit, household and leather goods in old alleyways with vaults and domes. Inside the bazaar, there is one of the most interesting structures of Izmir: Kizlaragasi Hani is an Ottoman caravanserai inside the Halim Aga Bazaar and was completed in 1745. This covered market sells hand-made products, carpets, leather and souvenirs. There are many entrances to the markets, from Basmane, Konak and Anafartalar. Konak is one of the oldest areas of the city, with most of the buildings that survived the great fire, although the traditional areas are gradually being modernized. This is the location of the city's landmark; the Saat Kulesi (Ottoman clock tower) decorated with tiles.

Asansor (Elevator): The elevator was constructed by Jewish businessman Nessim Levi in 1907, in order to make life easier for the local residents to go to their mansions on the top of the hill. Nowadays tourists use the elevator to enjoy the views of the old streets and houses of Mithatpasa. Located in the heart of Izmir's old Jewish quarter, it is housed in a 50m-high brick tower and after refurbishment in 1992, it now contains a café on the top floor, and the original hydraulics are exhibited on the ground floor. In its heydays in the 1930s, it also contained a theatre, cinema, refreshment stall and photographer's shop.

Kulturpark: The large park area; Kulturpark, at the heart of the city is one of the densest green areas in Izmir, covering 30 hectares. There are zoo, artificial lake, parachute tower, open-air theatre and a collection of bars and cafes. This has been the venue of the International Izmir Fair every August since 1936.

Botanic Gardens: One of the best Botanical Gardens of Turkey, is in the Ege University campus complex. There are around 3.000 species of plants from the tropical regions to the Alps, many of which are kept under appropriate natural or artificial conditions. The arboretum has hundreds of species of trees and bushes, and the herbarium centre contains dried plant samples that are preserved for the use of scientific research.

Don't leave without

- Visiting Birgi Cakiraga Mansion, Kızlaragasi Han, and Asansor,

- Stepping into the past in Izmir Archaeology Museum, Ataturk Museum, Kordonboyu and Kemeralti Bazaar.

- Tasting Izmir's famous meatballs in the Asansor Restaurant.

- Buying tasty local dried figs and sultanas (dried raisins)

- Shopping for Odemis Silk (Pembizar), hand-painted handkerchiefs and Gorece blue beads,

- Visiting the International Izmir Festival.

ANTALYA

Antalya was founded by Attalos the 2nd , a King of Pergamum in 159 B.C., who ordered his men to find him a paradise, and the city was also named Attaleia after him. This city is a cross-road of ancient Pamphilia, Psidia and Lycia and was established in the most fertile geography of Anatolia. Antalya has been the centre of culture, art, architecture and mythology throughout its history. With its nature made up of dark blue seas, spectacular Taurus mountains, fervent waterfalls, boulevards lined with palm trees, award winning marina and world known holiday villages is what makes Antalya the capital of Tourism

What to do in Antalya?

Antalya is rich in history and art. Kaleici (Inside the fortress) , this old quarter has narrow, winding streets enclosed in ancient city walls, which now protect the peaceful quarter from the noise of the metropolis of a million people. The northern part (Selcuk and Tuzcular sections) of Kaleici is mostly touristy shops and restaurants lining the narrow maze-like streets. The Kilincarslan section is a little quieter and still charming. Although there are other entrances, it is best to enter and exit the old quarter from charming Hadrian's Gate, built by the Roman emperor Hadrian as the entrance arch to the city. Hadrian Gate will lead you to Kilincarslan district. Yivli Minare - Fluted Minaret: In this area, you can see the famous 125 feet tall fluted minaret and the mosque. Nearby is an old market building with an interesting entrance, and a ruined gate or two. Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi) area- Ottoman-era clock tower and 18th century Pasha Camii (mosque). Yat Limani - Fortified Roman port: beautiful harbour surrounded by town walls built during the Roman Era. Nearby is the Iskele Camii (mosque). Kesik Minare - Broken Minaret Mosque, beautiful ruins of an ancient Roman temple, eventually was converted into a Christian church and finally into a mosque. HidirlikTower - Hidirlik Kulesi - a tower on the edge of the town walls with scenic views of the marina and the harbour. Atatürk's Home - Atatürk Evi (just outside the Kilincarslan district, walk to Karaalioglu Park along Atatürk Cd.) - house where the first president of Turkey stayed at during his visits to Antalya.

Beaches

Konyaalti Beach (the west of the town)

Aqualand, which is a large complex of waterpark and Beach Park.

Antalya Aquarium - boasts the world's largest tunnel aquarium.

Aktur Lunapark Antalya - a fairground with various rides

Lara Beach (the east of the town)

North of the City

Antalya Zoo and Nature Park - 400 acres of Zoo, accessible by taking the tram to the last stop.

Out of Town

Perge ruins - (shuttles to Aksu can drop you off at the road leading to Perge) fantastic Roman city ruins, with a hippodrome and theatre still intact. The South Bathhouses ignites your imagination of what it looked like in that particular era.

Duden Falls - a waterfall off the cliffs, southeast of the town.

Aspendos - a beautiful and intact theatre from the Roman era.

Side - an ancient Roman settlement near Manavgat.

Termessos - an ancient city ruins in a nature setting (part of a nature park).

Demre/Myra - ancient Lycian ruins with tombs and Myra is also the home of St. Nicholas, or children's beloved "Santa Claus".

Iskele Mosque: A 19th century Mosque near the Marina.

Karatay Medrese: A Medrese (Islamic theological seminary) built in 1250 by Emir Celaleddin Karatay.

Kesik Minare (Broken Minaret) Mosque: Once a Roman temple, converted to a Byzantine Panaglia church and finally into a mosque.

Tekeli Mehmet Pasha Mosque: An 18th-century Mosque built in honour of Tekeli Mehmet Pasha.

The Arapsu Bridge is a Roman bridge in Antalya. The well-preserved footbridge lies in the Arapsuyu district, 5–6 km west to the city center, at the foot of an ancient mound which is associated with the ancient Greek colony of Olbia.

BATMAN

Batman is one of the most renowned Anatolian provinces of Turkey. The region is famous for its historical glory and natural richness. Batman enjoys the flow of the namesake river, which joins the Tigris ultimately. Apart from the natural verve and beauty that the rivers generate, Batman is adorned by the magnificent Taurus Mountains. The mountain range lends the landscape an unparalleled beauty. The Malabadi Bridge is an impressive structure over the river in Batman.

The oil industry has brought a lot of development to the area. The region is well connected via railways and extensive highways.

What to do in Batman?


Malabadi Bridge

Malabadi bridge is an architectural masterpiece built during the Abbasid period. A rich merchant from the Abbasid dynasty had this bridge built for charity. According to another legend, the bridge was built during Artukkians period in 1147 A.D. and was regarded as the twin structure of Mostar Bridge in the Balkans. Bridge is one arched and has two gateways. In the Malabadi Bridge rooms were built for resting and sleeping and to protect people from dangers such as looting by robbers. Besides being a bridge, structure has many other functions and is a must place to visit.

Hasankeyf

Hasankeyf is an ancient town and district located along the Tigris River in the Batman Province in south-eastern Turkey. It was declared a natural conservation area in 1981.

BURSA

Bursa is located in the northwest of the Anatolian peninsula and southeast of the Marmara Sea. The shores of the Marmara Sea are 135 km away. The most important peak in the province is Uludag, a beloved ski resort and national park. The most significant lakes of the region are Iznik and Uluabat.

What to do in Bursa?

As the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa is known as the city where Ottoman architects left behind the Seljuk Turkish architecture of the past and developed their own Ottoman mosque architecture (based partly on Persian and Byzantine examples) which then saw its greatest expression in the sublime Ottoman mosques of Edirne (second capital of the empire) and Istanbul (third and last imperial capital). Anyone with an interest in architecture should see the unique Muradiye - Hüdavendigar Mosque (1366) in Cekirge, the Seljuk-style Ulu Cami (Great Mosque, 1399), the early Ottoman transitional styled Yesil Cami (Green Mosque, 1424), Muradiye Cami (Mosque of Sultan Murat II, 1426), and the Ottoman rococo-style Emir Sultan Mosque (1805). Beautiful mosques are not the only sights in Bursa. The city has lots of quaint old Ottoman houses, particularly in the Hisar district, just west of the city center.

The Bursa suburb of Cekirge is famed throughout Turkey for its hot mineral-water baths. As one of Turkey's premier spa resorts, Cekirge has most of the city's finer, more comfortable, more upscale hotels, though there are still serviceable hotels in the city center.

Shopping is good in Bursa's Covered Bazaar (Kapali Carsi and adjoining caravanserais, including the Koza (Silkworm Cocoon), Han, the Ipek (Silk) Han, and several others at the center of the city next to the Ulu Cami. Dining is another Bursa specialty, as the city and region have long been famous for their fresh fruits (particularly the peaches), candied chestnuts (kestane sekeri), and especially Iskender kebab, slices of roast lamb dressed with browned butter and savoury tomato sauce.

You can escape to the summit of Uludag (Great Mountain), the Mount Olympus of the ancient province of Bithynia. It rises to the south of the city, which is built on its slopes. A "teleferik" (cable car) east of the city center takes you to near the summit, for hiking (or just some fresh, cool air) in summer, and for skiing in winter.

ELAZIĞ

Elazig is the most orderly, well-planned and beautiful city located in the Elazig province of Eastern Turkey. Situated on the fertile plain near a mountain (4.350 feet high), this town lies at an altitude of 1.020 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by vineyards and gardens. The city is aesthetically magnificent, much of which is contributed by its location in the middle of wide expanse of plains, surrounded by purple hued mountains. There are also several lakes and rivers which add to its beauty. Elazig is endowed with immense natural resources. Abundant water supply from huge rivers like Euphrates (Firat) and the rich mineral deposit from underground, together contribute towards the rapid industrialization. Agriculture is also prosperous owing to the fertile soil and water supply and different food items like grains, rice etc. are grown here. However, the main product of the region is the wine. Elazig also trades in crops and livestock. The Keban and Karakaya dams on the Euphrates River have given rise to several artificial lakes of which the Keban Lake is the largest and has important contributions in hydraulic power generation.

Culturally the region is quite developed. Harput, 5 km North of Elazig, used to be the cultural seat of the region. Many renowned ancient scientists and artists were educated in Harput, which can be defined as the "real example of the city in fairy tales". Elazig, with its long-standing Ottoman-Seljuk connection, also has carved its own cultural niche.

Elazig is worth visiting with its historical and natural riches like historical Harput castle, Hazar lake, Karakaya and Keban dam lakes, ski centers and the Buzluk caves.

GAZIANTEP

The province of Gaziantep is one of the oldest culture centers of South-eastern Anatolian region. The history of the city extends back to 4.000 B.C and most of the ancient civilizations were founded on the surrounding lands. The city is located between Mesopotamia and Mediterranean and is at the intersection of the roads connecting east to south and north to west and is also located on the historic Silk Road. The province of Gaziantep hosts creations and structures of Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic Ages, the Bronze Age, Hittite, Median, Asurian, Persian, Alexander the Great, Selefkos, Roman, Byzantine, Abbasid and Seljuk civilizations periods. Beside its cultural riches, Gaziantep is a tourism paradise with its natural beauties, geography, rich variety of food and shopping offers.

The city of Gaziantep, locally referred to as Antep, is the Pistachio Capital of the World, the city is very well known for its superb and extensive variety of baklava, and one can find pistachio dust sprinkled on many other delicacies. Gaziantep has a strong reputation in all culinary areas, so better come hungry! Don't miss the recently opened Zeugma Museum, featuring some of the most important mosaics of the area. One can get an excellent view of the city from atop the castle, or Kale, and better understand the city's history by walking through the museum inside. Many treasures can be found at the Copper Bazaar, which is always bustling and full of hammering. In the center of Gaziantep (Antep) sits a wonderful ancient castle. The real treat of the city is the incredible food. The pistachios and thus the baklava are considered to be the best in the world and I have to agree. The copper market is also nice and the hospitality first class.

Known for its strong coffee, Turkey offers an array of coffee houses old and new to pass the time and gain an energy boost. Tahmis Kahvesi has been in existence since 1635, though the original building was damaged by multiple fires. The current hundred-or-so year old structure, however, still has the feel of a traditional coffee house. Located just outside the Copper Bazaar, this is the ideal location to stop in for some local flavour, be it coffee, tea, or nargile (hookah). You can usually find a game of backgammon going on downstairs, and live music comes through on the weekends. For a taste of Antep, try menengic, a Turkish coffee prepared with raw pistachios.

ORDU

Ordu is the most suitable city of east black sea region by the means of sea tourism. City has sufficient potential for neighbour cities tourism demands by either existing beaches or settlement places interior from shore. Beaches around the Ordu city formed a capacity due to occupy summer demands and occupy daily tourism activities. Guzelyali Beaches at Ordu center county, Kiraz Limanı Locality, Fatsa, Unye, Gulyali and Persembe counties natural beaches...

Don't Leave Without

- Visiting Pasaoglu mansion and Ethnography Museum,

- Seeing Cambasi, Keyfalan and Persembe plateaus and Boztepe hill,

- Eating fish and pitta bread,

- Buying hazelnut and hazelnut products, walking canes, pink hand - painted kerchief and paintings made by burning the wood,

SAMSUN

Samsun placed at the Black Sea Region is one of the region cities has highest tourism potential with, natural historical and cultural riches, with facilities of marine, airway, and railroad transportation. Samsun preserved its importance and properties over time, for its being commencement point of the Turkish Independence War, by arrival of Atatürk at the date of 19 May 1919, to plan defence of homeland; Anatolia. The town is a very pleasant one and its very centre, Cumhuriyet Meydani (Republic Square), is near the modern and well-tended port. North of Cumhuriyet Meydani (at Atatürk Bulvari) is the Tourist Information Office.

East of the tourist office there are Archaeological and Atatürk Museums. The archaeological museum displays many fine ancient artefacts, typical of the Samsun area. The Atatürk Museum features photographs and some personal belongings of "The Father of Turks"- Ataturk. (Open from 8:30 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00).

Don't leave without

- Visiting Samsun Archaeology and Ethnography Museum,

- Visiting the bronze statue, Honour Monument; symbolizing Ataturk's arrival at Samsun on May 19, 1919 to start the Turkish Independence War,

- Eating Samsun's pitta and fried pickle in restaurants at Kurupelit locality, tasting Bafra's creamy Turkish delight.

TARSUS

Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul, is now a mostly modern industrial and commercial city on Turkey's eastern Mediterranean coast just west of Adana (see map).

The historic city center holds several buildings of interest:

The Church Mosque (Kilise Cami, or Baytimur Camii) in the city center, was built as a church about 300 A.D., perhaps dedicated to St. Paul. After 1.000 years as a church, it was converted to a mosque in 1415 when the city was conquered from the Byzantines by a Turkish Emir (ruler) Ramazanoglu.

Today, Tarsus is a modern city with not many sights of interest to visitors, but a few are worth of praise. St. Paul's Well is in a courtyard, long believed to be the original site of St. Paul's house, approx. 300 meters north of the Republic Area in Kizilmurat District. Archaeological studies have shown St. Paul's Well and surrounding areas to have layers of Roman, Byzantium and Ottoman Period settlements. The site is a pilgrimage destination for some and the water from the well is believed to have healing powers. The few streets of historic houses near St. Paul's Well are interesting to walk through, a glimpse at what the town looked like for much of its history during the last millennium. The Tarsus Museum contains artworks of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods, Roman and Byzantine coins, baked soil pots, and diverse artefacts. The Cleopatra Gate, in western Tarsus on the road to Mersin, dates to around 40 B.C. In the upper part of Saglikli Village, 15 km from Tarsus, are the remains of a Roman Road. Clinging to a cliff face on a sharp slope near Altindere, is the most important and prestigious monastery of the area: The Virgin of the Black Rock.

TOKAT

The Tokat Province is located in the Yesilirmak river basin area where 14 states and numerous principalities have established and reigned starting from the date BC 4000 and every inch of the land displays the traces and remnants of these civilizations. A fascinating area for history fans, to meet historical and cultural remnants of this region. Among these are the ancient Hittite city of Sebastapolis in Masat Tumulus, the ancient Roman City, Inns, Baths, Bedesten structures, mosques, bridges and mausoleums.

Don't Leave Without

- Visiting the Ballica cave,

- Visiting the Gokmedrese, Latifoglu Mansion, Beysokagi, Sentemur Mausoleum , Tashan, Ali Pasha Mosque, Meydan Mosque and Hidirlik Bridge,

- Visiting the marvellous spectacle at the Kaz Lake, Resadiye Zinav lake, Almus Dam Lake and natural promenade areas as Topcam, Gürlevik and Camici,

- Visiting Yazmacilar Bazaar, Bakirci (copper artisans) Bazaar, Zurnaci (Shrill pipe) Bazaar, Carikci (Rawhide sandal) Bazaar.,

- Visiting the villages where the hand weaved cloths and authentic local dressing culture are exhibited,

- Buying wooden pressed handmade kerchief,

- Bathing in a historical Tokat Turkish Bath,

- Tasting the food varieties, especially the Tokat kebab and tasting the delicious vines of Tokat province,

- Drinking water from the world wide famous Niksar Ayvaz Water spring.

UŞAK

Usak is at the region where Western and Central Anatolia is connected with Inner Aegean region. The settlement history reaches back to ancient Bronze Age, Frig, Lydia, Persia, Roman, Eastern Roman, Seljukian, Byzantium and Ottomans were reined in Usak. Pieces of arts, which belong to these periods, are composing the tourism potential of the city.

What to do in Usak?

Ulubey Canyons: It is a 75 km. long canyon, composed of characteristics of geological structure at south and south west part of the city.

Pasha Inn: Pasha Inn, which is constructed by a French architecture in 19th century, used as an Inn, and after restoration it turned into a hotel.

Bedesten: It is constructed as two story and 30 roomed of cut rock in 1901 by an Italian Architect. First story is used as dealer's bazaar, and upper layer is used for various business branches.

Cilandiras Bridge, which is in Karahalli province, on Banaz Stream, is constructed on King's Road by Lydians. Stones of the arch, adorned with chisel are clamped into each other.

Burma Mosque: It is one of the 14th century Ottoman Period structures. Its construction date is not certainly known. It is burned on 1862 and 1922, and repaired two times on 1988.

Archeologic Museum: Very rich historical pieces of art from Calcholitic period to Byzantium period are exhibited in the museum which is reorganized in 1996 with the return of Karun Treasuries.

Atatürk Ethnography Museum: Greek Commander in Chief Trikopis' captured house, is reorganized as museum after Independence War. Museum building, opened on September, 1st, 1978, is an Ottoman period structure.

Sebaste (Selcikler): The city was founded by Roman Emperor, Augustus in 20 B.C., and was named Sebaste. It is one of the most important 12 cities during Roman period. It became bishop center of surrounding cities during 9th century A. D. The city had lived its marvellous times during Byzantium period, and there are two churches, which are known as small and big.

Blaundos (Sulumenli): It is founded by the residents of Macedonia after Anatolia expedition of Alexander the Great, near Sulumenli village of Ulubey province. Most important structures are castle, temples, theatre, stadium and rock tombs.

Alaudda (Hacimkoy), Mesotimolos (Duzkoy), Akmonia (Ahatkoy) are among the ruins that should be visited in Usak.

Karun Treasuries: In the middle of the 60's, these treasures were smuggled to the United States along with some monuments of Gure village, and brought back by means of court decree in 1993. The treasure is a rich collection of 6th century B.C. Lydian artefacts. Since 1996, 450 small and large pieces of this spectacular treasure is on permanent exhibition in the Archaeological Museum.



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