KUTAHYA


Kutahya City is one of the oldest Turkish cities, with stillliving Turkish traditions, and important Ottoman architectural monuments, including a castle, mosques medreses, baths, complexes, mausoleums, and mansions. One of the finest mosques is the 14th-century Ulu Mosque. Kutahya Castle offers a wonderful, panoramic view othe old town on the western side of the city. The Kutahya Archaeological Museum was a medrese in the 14th century; it now displays ethnographia, Roman and Byzantine relies, and tiles of Iznik and Kutahya from Ottoman times. Lajos Kossuth, the 19th century Hungarian hero, lived with his family in what is now the Kossuth House Museum; relies and documents related to Kossuth are displayed in the museum.

The kilns of Kutahya produced exquisite ceramics in the 16th and 17th centuries - a craft which lives on today. You can visit the workshops where skilled artisans produce tiles, plates and bowls renowned for their cobalt blue pat terns on a milky white background.

Southwest of Kutahya, is the Roman town of Cavdarhisar (Aezani) of which a theater, stadium and the Temple of Zeus remain. In the same direction, Murat Mountain offers camping facilities and hot springs, amid delightful scenery. Near Dumlupinar are the Baskomutan National Park and the War of Independence memorials.



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