Manisa is a large city in Turkey’s Aegean Region and the seat of Manisa Province. Historically, the city was also called Magnesia.
Today, Manisa is a booming center of industry and services, advantaged by its closeness to the international port city and the regional metropolitan center of Izmir and by its fertile hinterland rich in quantity and variety of agricultural production.


Sights include Ottoman and Seljuk architecture, the 16-th century Sultan Mosque, the Muradiye Mosque (same period) built by the great architect Sinan, and the Murad Bey Medresse which houses the Archaeological Museum of Manisa. For hiking head for the Spil Mountain National Park. You can go mountaineering or camping in this area as well as seeing the famous Crying Rock of Niobe, and the carving of Goddess Kybele.

Nearby Sardis is the ancient capital of Lydia, once ruled by King Croesus. Most of the remains you find here stem from Roman times

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