10 Places to Visit in Afyon

1.  Madrasa of Gedik Ahmet Pasha:

This building was built in 1472. Ayaz Ağa was the architect of the Madrasa. It has a rectangular archictural plan and it can be seen that cut stones were used in its construction. It reflects the characteristics of Ottoman architecture.

Madrasa of Gedik Ahmet Pasha
Madrasa of Gedik Ahmet Pasha

2.  Grand Mosque:

It is one of the biggest mosques in the Afyon region. It was built in the Anatolian Seljuks Period between 1272-1277 and its characteristics reflect this. 40 wooden columns support the mosque's rectangular copper-plated roof.

 Grand Mosque
 Grand Mosque

3. Afyonkarahisar Castle:

It is located on a volcanic rock mass at a height of 226 meters, and was founded in the Hittite period by Emperor Murşil II. You must climb 701 stairs to reach the top. The castle was used as a stronghold during wars. It offers a unique city view to its visitors.

Afyonkarahisar Castle
Afyonkarahisar Castle

4.  Monument of Victory:

It was made by Austrian sculptor Heinrick Kippel in commemoration of The Great Offensive and unveiled in 1936. The sculpture consists of two men; one is lying on the floor and the other is standing on rocky ground. The monument is one of the most important landmarks of the city, with a view of Afyonkarahisar Castle in the background.

Monument of Victory
Monument of Victory

5.  Commander in Chief National Historic Park:

This national park is located in the area between where the Great Offensive started on 26th August, and Battle of the Commander in Chief on 30th August. The park is also in the border of three cities: Afyon, Uşak and Kütahya.

Commander in Chief National Historic Park
Commander in Chief National Historic Park

6.  Gazlıgöl Thermal Springs:

These hot springs are located in Gazlıgöl District, 25 kilometres from Afyon city center. They are famous for their therapeutical thermal waters. It is believed that King Midas founded the thermal baths after the waters cured his daughter’s illness.

Gazlıgöl Thermal Springs
Gazlıgöl Thermal Springs

7.  Castle of Avdalas:

Located 10 km from Gazlıgöl Thermal Springs, this castle is easy accessible. The area around the castle was used as a settlement in the Byzatine era and has a multi-storey and multi-roomed cistern structure.

Castle of Avdalas
Castle of Avdalas

8.  Selimiye Rock Graves:

Around Selimiye (Sarıçayır), a village in İscehisar District, burial chambers and burial boats from the Byzantine Period are carved into the rock. The surfaces are decorated with embossments, embellishments and writings in red paint, indicating who they belong to.

Selimiye Rock Graves
Selimiye Rock Graves

9.  Synnada Ancient City:

This site, located in the Şuhut district of Afyonkarahisar, has been a settlement of civilizations such as Hittites, Phrygians, Helennics, Byzantines and Romans since the Bronze Age. It is known that the city was an important center for Phrygians, Romans and Byzantines.

Synnada Ancient City
Synnada Ancient City

10.  Frig Valley:

This church was carved in the middle of a rocky 'tuff' surface on the Emre Lake road, 4 kilometers southeast of Döger Town in İhsaniye District. This monastery was built between the 8th and 10th centuries, with its rock rooms complementing its surroundings.

 Frig Valley
 Frig Valley

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