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Muradiye Mosque

The architectural genius of Mimar Sinan is well and truly on show at this exquisite mosque, which was commissioned by Sultan Murat III and constructed between 1583 and 1585. After admiring its twin minarets and fron…
Ruins in Sardis

Ruins of Sardis

Scattered around the village of Sartmustafa (or Sart), this archaeological site is a rewarding day trip from İzmir (80km away). It and Manisa can easily be visited on the same day. The ruins lie at the eastern end o…
Cultural in Manisa

Mesir Macunu Festivalı

Those visiting Manisa in spring may be lucky enough to catch the Mesir Macunu Festivalı, a week-long festival in celebration of Mesir macunu (Mesir paste), a sugar-and-spice confection that has passionate fans and e…
Museum in Manisa

Medical History Museum

Tracing the history of medicine across the globe, this ambitious museum in the grounds of the Sultan Mosque occupies a handsome bimarhane (mental hospital) that was commissioned by Süleyman the Magnificent in 1539 a…
Kebap in Manisa

Gülcemal

This is the best place to sample the town's speciality of Manisa kebap (cylindrical köfte served on pide and topped with tomato sauce and yoghurt).
Museum in Manisa

Manisa Museum

Housed in an historic medrese (seminary) and imaret (soup kitchen) that were built as part of the külliye (mosque complex) of the Muradiye Mosque, this museum has two parts – an archaeological wing in the imaret and…
Mosque in Manisa

Sultan Mosque

Commissioned by Ayşe Hafsa Sultan, the wife of Sultan Selim I and mother of Süleyman the Magnificent, this mosque was built in 1522 and is part of a complex that originally consisted of a medrese (seminary), bimarha…