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Manisa is a city located in the Aegean region of Anatolia, with a rich history dating back to 14th century BC. The Ottoman sultans trained in Manisa, which has led to the city being home to many examples of Ottoman and Seljuk architecture.

The Sultan Mosque, built in the 16th century, is a notable example of Ottoman architecture and was dedicated to Ayse Sultan, the mother of Suleyman the Magnificent. The annual Mesir macunu festival is held in her honor every March or April, which is believed to restore peace and prosperity.

The Muradiye Mosque, also built in the 16th century by the famous architect Sinan, now houses the Archaeological Museum of Manisa. Visitors can explore the museum's collection, which includes artifacts from various periods such as the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman.

Mount Spil National Park is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts, with its rich forests, hot springs, and endemic plants, including wild tulips. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, and mountaineering to see the famous "crying rock" of Niobe and the carving of the Goddess Cybele.

A visit to the ancient site of Sardis in Salihli offers a glimpse into the past, as it was once ruled by King Croesus in 500 BC and was one of the first regions where coinage was introduced. Despite being affected by earthquakes, visitors can still see the remains of the temple of Artemis, a restored gymnasium, and a synagogue with elaborate mosaics and artfully carved colored-stone panels from the 3rd century.

The ruins of ancient Philadelphia, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, only have a few pieces remaining from an old Byzantine church, but it is still a worthwhile visit for those interested in history.

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