Welcome to Manisa
In ancient times, Manisa was known as Magnesia ad Sipylum and was a strategically important city. It prospered during the Byzantine period but reached its apogee under the Ottomans, when it became the place where the şehzades (crown princes) were trained for their imperial destinies. Many of the buildings in the historic centre date from the nine-year period when Süleyman the Magnificent and his mother Ayşe Hafsa Sultan lived here. The main reasons to visit are to see the exquisite Muradiye Mosque and attend the annual Mesir Macunu Festivalı, which is inscribed on Unesco's list of intangible cultural heritage.