|Province of Turkey|
Location of Manisa Province in Turkey
|• Total||13,810 km2 (5,330 sq mi)|
|• Density||100/km2 (260/sq mi)|
Manisa Province (Turkish: Manisa ili) is a province in western Turkey. Its neighboring provinces are İzmir to the west, Aydın to the south, Denizli to the south east, Uşak to the east, Kütahya to the north east, and Balıkesir to the north. The seat of the province is the city of Manisa.
Manisa province is divided into 16 districts (capital district in bold):
- Manisa (soon to be split into two: Yunusemre and Şehzadeler)
Sites of interest
The Mount Sipylus national park (Spil Dağı Milli Parkı) near the city of Manisa covers a richly forested area, hot springs, and the famous "crying rock" of Niobe, and a Hittite carving of the Goddess Cybele (Mother Goddess). The park boasts of having within its boundaries about 120 varieties of native plants, especially wild tulips. The park provides opportunities for mountaineering and camping.
Sardis, in Salihli, was the ancient capital of Lydia, once ruled by King Croesus, who was renowned for his wealth. Due to numerous earthquakes, most of the visible remains date back only to Roman times. There are the remains of the temple of Artemis and a restored gymnasium, exhibiting of the past splendor of this ancient city. The splendid synagogue from the 3rd century is worth visiting, with its elaborate mosaics and artfully carved colored-stone panels.
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 became 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.
In addition there are many thermal springs throughout the area.
- Turkish Statistical Institute, MS Excel document – Population of province/district centers and towns/villages and population growth rate by provinces
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Manisa Province.|
- Manisa governor's official website (Turkish)
- Manisa municipality's official website (Turkish)
- Manisa Weather Forecast Information
- Selendi is a town and district of Manisa Province
- Manisa Gölmarmara Eseler (İsalar) Village
- About Everything living in Manisa