Summary Information About Manisa

Manisa Province is a province in western Turkey. Its neighboring provinces are İzmir to the west, Aydın to the south, Denizli to the southeast, Uşak to the east, Kütahya to the northeast, and Balıkesir to the north. The city of Manisa is the seat and capital of the province.


Modern Manisa is a booming center of industry and services, advantaged by its closeness to the international port city and the regional metropolitan center of İzmir and by its fertile hinterland rich in quantity and variety of agricultural production. In fact, İzmir’s proximity also adds a particular dimension to all aspects of life’s pace in Manisa in the form of a dense traffic of daily commuters between the two cities, separated as they are by a half-hour drive served by a fine six-lane highway nevertheless requiring attention at all times due to its curves and the rapid ascent (sea-level to more than 500 meters at Sabuncubeli Pass) across Mount Sipylus’s mythic scenery.


The city of Manisa is also widely visited, especially during March and September festivals, the former festival being the continuation of a five-hundred-year-old “Mesir Paste Distribution” tradition, and also for the nearby Mount Spil national park. It is also a departure point for other visitor attractions of international acclaim which are located nearby within Manisa’s depending region, such as Sardes and Alaşehir (ancient Philadelphia) inland. The city also has a Jewish community.


Manisa has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and short, cool but wet winters. Summers in Manisa are hotter than its western neighbour İzmir, while winters are colder due to its inland location. Snowfall, while fairly uncommon, does accumulate most winters, with a record snow depth of 44 cm in January 1945.




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History of Manisa

It was called Magnesia ad Sipylum in ancient times, and the Magnetes of Thessaly are thought to have been its first inhabitants, in the 12th century BCE. It was taken by Cyrus II the Great of Persia in the 6th century BCE, and in 190 BCE it was the scene of a Roman victory over the Seleucid king Antiochus III the Great. Under the Attalids of Pergamum in the 1st century CE, it became a flourishing commercial centre, known first as Magnesiopolis and later as Magnesia. John III Ducas Vatatzes, emperor of Nicaea, made it the seat of government in 1222.


In 1313 Saruhan, a Turkmen tribal chief, captured Magnesia, renamed it Manisa, and made it the capital of his principality until the town was taken over by the Ottoman sultan Bayezid I in 1390. The principality was restored by the Central Asian ruler Timur (Tamerlane) following his victory over the Ottomans (1402), but it again fell to the Ottomans about 1410. In the 18th century Manisa was ruled by the virtually independent Karaosmanoğlu governors until their power was broken in 1822.


Because the city was a sanjak centre for the Ottomans, it was a place where prospective sultans improved their administrative skills. Murad II, Mehmed II The Conqueror, Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, Murad III, Mehmed III and Mustafa I acted as sanjak governors in Manisa.


Much favoured by the medieval Ottoman princes and sultans, Manisa has several buildings dating from that period. The mosque Muradiye Cami (built 1583–86), decorated with exquisitely worked marble, glazed tiles, and gilding, is particularly noteworthy. The medrese (religious school) attached to the mosque now houses a local archaeological museum. An important agricultural and commercial centre, Manisa is linked by rail with Afyonkarahisar and İzmir.

Districts of Manisa

  • Ahmetli
  • Akhisar
  • Alaşehir
  • Demirci
  • Gölmarmara
  • Gördes
  • Kırkağaç
  • Köprübaşı
  • Kula
  • Şehzadeler
  • Salihli
  • Sarıgöl
  • Saruhanlı
  • Selendi
  • Soma
  • Turgutlu
  • Yunusemre

Point of Interests in Manisa

Manisa and some of its depending district centers have succeeded in solidly clinching an industrial production base in recent decades, in this supported both initially and continuously by the century-old wide-scale agricultural processing and related activities (production of flour and olive oil, basic textiles, leather goods, agricultural tools and instruments, cotton ginning). Olive, walnut and almond cultivation are among the important agricultural activities of Manisa


Manisa celebrates the Vintage Festival every September, when the fruits of the vineyards are celebrated. The vineyards surround the city and provide dry fruit for export from İzmir, and grapes for wine making.


The villages of Mount Yunt (Yunt Dağı) and the towns of Gördes, Kula and Demirci are known for their carpets and kilims. The houses in Kula are also local examples of Ottoman architecture.


In addition, there are many thermal springs throughout the area.


The province is highly developed in terms of industrial activities, which are concentrated in the largest four centers of Manisa, Turgutlu, Akhisar and Salihli.


Akhisar, the ancient city of Thyatira, was one of the Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation and the remains of the ancient city is found in part of the city called Tepe Mezarlığı (hill cemetery). More recently, it has become an important commercial center in the province and is its second largest after Manisa.


The city of Alaşehir is where the remains of the ancient city of Philadelphia, another of the Seven Churches, is found. There is little left of the ancient city, except some ruins of a Byzantine church.


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