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Akhisar

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Akhisar is a small city in Aegean Turkey.

Understand[edit]

Tempemezarı ruins

Formerly known as Thyatira, and one of the Seven Churches of Asia, it's now a small market town in Manisa province. All that remains of Thyatira is a small set of ruins known as Tepemezarı, covering one city block.

Akhisar is not a tourist town, and you may be greeted with some incredulity by local children. However the people are friendly, and the architecture and horse-drawn carriages make it feel about a hundred years behind the times, and thus well worth a visit.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Buses run frequently from Izmir and Manisa. It's roughly a two hour bus ride from Izmir's Bornova bus station. From the Akhisar Bus station, Tepemezarı can be reached in a roughly ten-twenty minute walk. Walk south along the main highway for about a mile, and turn left onto Ismail Bahri Bey Cd.

By train[edit]

Akhisar can be reached from Izmir, Balikesir, or Bandirma by either of two daily trains between Izmir and Bandirma: the 6 Eylül or 17 Eylül Express. The station itself is seven blocks, or about 400 meters, from the ruins. [1] [dead link]

Get around[edit]

In Akhisar, horse carts aren't just for show

Akhisar is small enough that it's easy to walk around. You will also see plenty of horse-drawn carriages, however unlike in tourist areas, these are working animals, and it's unlikely you will be able to hire one.

See[edit]

Once you've seen Tepemezarı (which isn't that hard, as it's limited to a city block), walk around the town and take a look at the lovely architecture and horse-drawn carriages.

Do[edit]

Walk around, and maybe hang out in one of the lovely parks that dot the city.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

The view from 16th street, a nice place to eat

16 Sk. becomes a broad, pedestrian-only thoroughfare across from Tepemezarı, and has a number of restaurants (including a pizza place and a coffee shop) with a nice atmosphere.

Drink[edit]

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Go next[edit]

If you're not returning to Izmir (or if you are) you might consider Sardis to the south-east, or Bergama to the northwest.



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