Kütahya is a small province in the midst of hill
country, clustering about the walls of an impressive hilltop fortress. It is the
hometown of the world famous Yagolbedir Carpets, and Kütahya tiles which you can
see everywhere in the country. But the best and the cheapest are in Kütahya,
where you may visit the workshops and see these tiles produced with designs from
the 16th- and 17th-centuries. They are especially famous for their cobalt blue
on a milky white background. The old wood and stucco houses of Kütahya are
picturesque. The Hungarian House (Kossouth Museum) and those on the Germian
Street are the most interesting ones. Kütahya is a thermal springs center with
Harlek-lilca, Muratdagi-Gediz and Eynal-Simav, among the most famous .
To the southwest of Kütahya an ancient city
awaits you for an eccentric archaeological excursion, Cavdarhisar (Aizanoi) has
one of the best preserved Roman temples in Anatolia; the Temple of Jupiter.
Dating back to the time of Hadrian, it was built for the worship of Zeus and
also the Anatolian fertility goddess Kybele. A Byzantine fortress, the Seljuk
Hidirilk Mosque and Balikil Bath and the Ottoman Bedesten, Saadettin Mosque,
Sengui Bath are just some of the important historical remains in Kütahya.
At Murat Mountain there are camping facilities
including hot springs in the midst of delightful scenery.
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