1 Day in Afyon
ONE DAY IN AFYON
You can spend a good day in Afyonkarahisar, which has hosted many civilizations. Getting up early in the morning; consisting of our local tastes in our restaurants in the city center; You can start the day with a breakfast consisting of sausage, pastrami, cream, poppy crisp flaky pastry and keşkek. On the first tour of the day, you can buy felt products from Keçeciler Bazaar on the way, after shopping in the shops around where our famous products are sold, while walking step by step from Zafer Square to Long Bazaar. You can take a short tea break in Historical Taşhan by seeing local traditional products sold in Bedesten Bazaar, located at the end of the Long Bazaar. You can visit the Culture and Art House, one of the historical houses on the way, and then the Sultan Divani Mevlevihane. After your mystical tour, you can find yourself traveling to history among the colorfully painted houses while visiting the mansions with the architectural features of the Ottoman Period. While traveling through history, you can find yourself in the Millet Turkish bath.
At the end of the rolling streets, you can find yourself at the foot of Karahisar Castle. When you go up the stairs carved into the rock to take a tea break at the exit of the castle, you will encounter a magnificent view of the city from a bird's eye view. While going down from the castle, you can return to the Long Bazaar on the sloping road. In this region, you can taste the unique tastes of Afyonkarahisar in restaurants such as İkbal Restaurant and Chef Bacaksız and Numan Usta.
We advise you not to leave without eating Creamy Crumpets in Thick Syrup. After the lunch break, you can drink Kadınana Water at the entrance of Ambaryolu. You can visit the historical mosque by directing your route to the Imaret Mosque and see the local handicrafts exhibited in the Taş Madresa at the back of the mosque. You can visit Afyonkarahisar Archeology Museum in the city center, Alimoğlu Music Center in ANS Campus, Afyonkarahisar İsmail Kumartaşlı Eggs and Arts Center in Letterer Ahmet Karahisari Culture and Art Center, Istiklal Information Center. At the end of the day, you can go to Kocatepe, the magnificent area where the Battle of the Commander-in-Chief was fought. You can feel the struggle of our ancestors for the sake of the homeland and the reflection of the faith of our martyrs.
Karahisar Castle, whose history dates back to 1350 BC, is located in the city center. It is a trachyte rock mass 226 meters above the ground. First, the Hittite King II. Murşil had the Hapanova Castle (High Hill City) built on it as a shelter for his soldiers during the Arzava Campaign. The name Karahisar was given during the Seljuk period. Today, the bastions, Maiden's Tower and cisterns still maintain their characteristics.
Ulu Mosque (among the most outstanding examples of Wooden Ceiling and Wooden Supported Mosques), which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2018, is a Seljuk period work. The biggest feature of the mosque consists of 40 wooden columns. The Ulu Mosque is located in the neighborhood known as Old Afyon and just at the beginning of the pedestrian exit of the castle. It was built in 1272-1277 by Sahita Nusreddin Hasan. The mosque is seated on forty wooden columns of eight soldiers in five rows. Wooden column capitals placed on wooden columns are made of stalactites, stalactites and lozenges. It has three gates opening to the east, west and north.
MİLLET TURKISH BATH (Culture and District House-Course Center)
XVII. The Turkish bath, which is thought to have been built in the second half of the century, is one of the beautiful examples of Ottoman architecture of that period. Because it was built by Armenian masters, it was called the 'Gavur Bath', and later it began to be called the 'Millet Bath'. The bath consists of two parts as men's and women's parts. There is an entrance to the men's section, an examination of the place where the navel stone is located, an examination of the hellish section (the section where water is boiled), a visit to the marble-mosaic workshop in the ladies' section, and a conference hall.
SULTAN DİVANİ MEVLEVI LODGE
It is one of the first mevlevi lodges established in Anatolia. Its foundation dates back to the 13th century. Afyonkarahisar Mevlevi Lodge, which has been the center of many important activities throughout history, is the most important Mevlevi Lodge after Konya Mevlevi Lodge. Afyonkarahisar Mevlevihanesi, which has been registered by all scientists, especially in the 16th century. During the reign of Sultan Dîvânî, one of the seventh generation grandchildren of Mevlânâ, it became a very important center in terms of Mevleviyeh. In addition, the tradition of “Healing Ashura with 40 Hatims” started for the first time in the time of Sultan Dîvânî in Afyonkarahisar Mevlevihanesi and spread to many Mevlevihanes from here. Today, it is the only Mevlevihane that continues this tradition.
The old settlement area around Hıdırlık Hill and Karahisar Castle has been taken under protection as an urban protected area and this area, which is the first settlement area, consists of houses with Afyonkarahisar civil architectural characteristics. Similar examples of civil architecture can be found in Çeşmeli Konak and Mecidiye Neighborhood, which is located around Birlik Evi. You can see the mansions and colorful houses belonging to the Ottoman and Republican Periods.
The Bedesten bazaar in the city center is a single-storey stone building, but the shops in the north are double-storey and have warehouses. The main entrance is in the south. In addition to these, there are a total of six entrance gates, two in the east and three in the west. There are shops in the covered bazaar around the road leading to the castle, and the inner parts of the historical bazaar.
Keçeci, Rosary Master, Marbling Artist, Ney workshop, kilim sales and katmer-pancake shops are located in the "Taşhan Alem-i Çarşısı", where tea, coffee, etc. It is a suitable place for snack products.
AFYONKARAHİSAR ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM
In the Museum, which has been enriched with artifacts collected from Afyonkarahisar and its surroundings; archaeological artifacts are exhibited in a chronological order. With the works exhibited in these halls, it is seen that there is a very rich collection of Old Bronze, Hittite, Phrygian, Lydian, Roman and Byzantine periods. Tools and materials such as terracotta, stone marble, bone, glass, metal utensils, statues and coins belonging to these periods are the origin of the people of our region, BC. It gives us very important information about his life, belief, production and trade from the 6000 s to the present day. In addition, marble statues, sarcophagi, tombstones and architectural pieces that give information about the marble trade and art, which have become an industry due to its importance today, increase the importance of the museum. In the open exhibition in the garden of the museum, usually Roman and Byzantine period grave steles, sarcophagi, jars, sculptures, tombstones from the Seljuk, Principalities and Ottoman periods are exhibited.
İSMAİL KUMARTAŞLI EGG AND ARTS CENTER:
In Turkey's first Egg and Arts Center, eggs from different species of animals as well as eggs made into works of art are exhibited. The center in Afyonkarahisar, one of the important egg production centers of Turkey, is the 6th exhibition center in the world and the first exhibition center in Turkey. Eggs of 240 different breeds from 37 producers in 22 cities of Turkey and works of egg art by 10 egg masters from 9 cities are exhibited. Organized in the concept of a museum, the Center; It is a first in Turkey, and it also emerges as a sectoral promotion center.
İBRAHİM ALİMOĞLU MUSIC CENTER:
Musical instruments brought from different parts of the world are exhibited in Turkey's largest Music Center. There are 450 instruments and musical objects from five continents. All of the instruments exhibited in this center are in usable condition. In addition to a large number of instruments from different musical genres with a history of more than a hundred years; Antique works such as radio, gramophone, turntable, and personal belongings of our artists who have made a great contribution to our traditional culture are also exhibited here. Visitors can find themselves in an environment full of art and music during their tour of the center. It is also one of the ten largest music centers in the world.
İSTİKLAL INFORMATION CENTER:
It is in the 26 August Nature Park on the side of the Afyonkarahisar-İzmir highway, 17 km from Afyonkarahisar. The Great Offensive and the War of Independence were explained in all its reality with panoramic presentation technique in the Independence Promotion Center affiliated to the 5th Regional Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The Land Model describing the Great Attack in the Istiklal Promotion Center covers the area where the Great Attack took place, from Şuhut to Dumlupınar with a diameter of 75 km. It is aimed to better and more realistically explain the Great Offensive to the visitors coming to the promotion center with 3D models of the monuments and important structures in the relevant places on the model.