Surrounded by sea on three sides Turkey is a true paradise of sun, seas, mountains and lakes where two continents meet. Situated at the point where three continents -Europe, Asia and Africa- are closest to each other, Turkey is the cradle of civilization, has numerous historical attractions waiting to be explored by its visitors.
Turkey has total land borders of 2,875 km and a coastline of 8,333 km. Because of these long coastal borders and the bridge between Asia and Europe, Turkey has been the center of major commercial and migration routes.
Area: 814. 578 square kilometers (314.500 square miles)
Population: 79.8 million (as of 2017)
Official Language: Turkish
Major Cities: Istanbul 15 million, Ankara 5 million, Izmır 4 million, Bursa 2.1 million, Konya 2.2 million, Adana 1.8 million, Manisa 700 thousand.
Currency: Turkish Lira
Jan. 1 New Year's Day
Apr. 23 National Independence and Children's Day
May 19 Ataturk's Commemoration and Youth and Sports Day
July 15 Democracy and National Solidarity Day
Aug. 30 Victory Day ( Final rout of invading forces in 1922 )
Oct. 29 Republic Day ( Anniversary of the declaration of the Turkish Republic )
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Manisa – the city of Sultans – is an attractive, modern city with a far-reaching past in the Aegean region of Anatolia. Its history goes back to 500 BC but the first known settlements date back to the 14th century BC.
Natural, historical and cultural values
Mesir Paste Tradition (Mesir Macunu in Turkish) is a very old tradition dating back to almost 500 years. It was started as a medicine invention during the Ottoman Period which later became an important part of local festival in the city. In 2012, Mesir Paste has entered to the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Spilos Mountain National Park is a cool spot with a richly forested area, hot springs and profusion of flowers, especially wild tulips known as Anemon.
Sardis, Salihli, the ancient capital of Lydia, is one of the most remarkable sightseeing areas of Turkey.
Manisa, The Shining Center of Rising Opportunities, is a major industry hub in the region. It is now more promising than ever with respect to the increasing demand for advanced technology and high value-added production. Manisa has succeeded in industrial production with support of the agricultural processing and related activities (production of flour and olive oil, Sultana raisins, basic textiles, leather goods, agricultural tools and instruments, cotton ginning)
The choice of Manisa as production base in the 1980’s by the Turkish consumer electronics and white goods giant Vestel was an important boost for the present-day level of sophistication. Today Manisa’s economic activities are far from being confined to a sole company. Manisa registered in FDI in 2004 and well-known businesses such as Italian white goods company Indesit, German electrical goods company Bosch, UK packaging company Rexam and Imperial Tobacco of the UK and Italian giant Ferrero have invested in Manisa. Manisa has been crowned, thanks to its advantageous and opportunities for investments, by taking awards from several international press and institutions in different times.
Manisa Hafsa Sultan Medical History Museum
It was constructed for Hafsa Sultan, the mother of Suleiman the Magnificent, in 1539. The famous Manisa Mesir Paste was mixed in this building located in the building complex of the Sultan Mosque. It served as hospital until Turkish Republic was founded. It also served as a lunatic asylum after the 1850’s. It was restored from time to time during Republican era; and rented by our university in 1994. Now it serves as a medical history museum with halls full of medical and historical materials and statues representing the previously surgeries. It is a living history museum where time travel activities are held.
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