Aydin Guide - City Information

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Aydin, is a city in and the seat of Aydın Province in Turkey's Aegean Region. The city is located at the heart of the lower valley of Büyük Menderes River (ancient Meander River) at a commanding position for the region extending from the uplands of the valley down to the seacoast. Its population was 188337 in 2010.

Aydin city is located along a region which was famous for its fertility and productivity since ancient times. Figs remain the province's best-known crop, although other agricultural products are also grown intensively and the city has some light industry. At the crossroads of a busy transport network of several types, a six-lane motorway connects Aydin to Izmir, Turkey's second port, in less than an hour, and in still less time to the international Adnan Menderes Airport, located along the road between the two cities.

A smaller airport, namely Aydin Airport, is located a few kilometers in the South-East of Aydin. The region of Aydin also pioneered the introduction of railways into Turkey in the 19th century and still has the densest railroad network. The province of Aydin is also where a number of internationally known historic sites and centers of tourism are concentrated. The weather is hot in summer, and warm all year round.

Places To Visit ;

The Agaçarasi (or Üveys Pasa) Camii in the Köprülü district of Aydin is a splendidly baroque mosque dating from 1565. Also worth seeing is the domed 14th century Alihan Kümbeti mausoleum in the Üveys Pasa quarter. Note the brick mosaic above the entrance, as well as the four tombs.

The Osmanoglu Hani Mosque (Zinçirli Han) in Aydin, endowed by Nasuh Pasa, dates from between 1699 and 1707. As well as the caravanserai, a mosque, 20-roomed medrese and baths were all built at the same time. The Seljuk-style baths are now known as the Pasa Hamami.

The Süleiman Bey Mosque (1683), situated near the railroad station in Aydin, is one of the loveliest of all Aydin's mosques, another fine example of Turkish baroque. It has a sadirvan with a pyramidal domed roof.

The Cihanoglu (or Cihanzade) Mosque in Aydin, another exuberantly decorated building, square in plan, was erected in 1756. The sadirvan has a marble basin and twelve columns. The elaborate ornamentation of the mosque makes it one of the acknowledged masterpieces of the Turkish baroque style.

Roman era ruins (of Tralles) including a gymnasium and a theatre. It also has an interesting ethnographic section devoted to the region. The ruins of ancient Tralles lie here surrounded by olive groves. This part of Aydin is a restricted military zone and special permission is needed to enter it. The remains of a stadium have been found but very little of its structure exists. Nearby are the ruins of a theatre built against the side of the Acropolis. In the past the 280m high acropolis was supplied water by a high-pressure conduit.

The statue of Yörük Ali Efe in the town, which was pulled down and remade after public protests that the original statue showed the efe without a moustache. Yörük Ali Efe (1895 - 1951) was a Turkish warlord in the Ottoman Empire, and an officer in the Turkish Army during the Turkish War of Independence. He was an important leader in Kuva-yi Milliye of the Aegean Region. After the declaration of republic he resigned from his office and worked as a farmer and industrialist.

Aydin museum is worth visiting, situated just west of the town center. While the majority of the exhibits come from Tralles it has, in addition, a section devoted to the ethnography of the area. On display archeological finds, coins and metals from a variety of civilizations, textiles, jewelry, household items and more.

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