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Isparta, the city of roses

on 19/09/2014

Carpet museum in Isparta

     Isparta is the capital of Isparta wholesale golf clubs Province and is situated on a plateau in the Taurus Mountains in the Turkish Lake district.

It is famous for its rose oil and rose water obtained from Summer Damask Roses which grow in great quantity in that region. The oil is widely used in the cosmetics industry and is mainly exported to Grasse in France for the fabrication of here perfumes.

Across the city you will find a multitude of shops that sell an array of products made from the two precious ingredients, such as cosmetics, delicious lokums (Turkish delight) and rose ice cream.

The covered market Firdevs Bey was built by the famous architect Sinan in 1561 under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent for the governor of Isparta Firdevs. It has kept its initial purpose and you can still find a few golf wholesale traders and artisans there.

The Kutlubey Mosque, built during the reign of Sultan Murat I, is situated a stone’s throw away from the market. It was first built in 1429 and was Isparta’s oldest mosque. It was then demolished in 1899 and rebuilt in 1904. 10 years later an earthquake destroyed it again and the current mosque is from 1922.

The Abdi Pasha Mosque, built in 1782-83 and also called Çinili Mosque due to its earthenware tiles, also deserves to be seen. It has been subject to a number of restorations over time.

Another famous mosque, although it does not present a major interest, is the Sinan mosque built by the prominent architect of the same name.

There are also two Greek Orthodox churches in Isparta. The first one is Aya Payana. It was built in 1750 and its roof was entirely rebuilt in 1999. Unfortunately the inside has been left derelict.

The second church is Aya Yorgi and is from 1857-60. The script of the year of construction, written in Greek letters, is exhibited at the archaeological museum which is currently being restored. The http://www.awgolf.co.uk/Titleist-913-D3-Driver-Best_191.html impressive bell tower was added in 1903. A few remains of frescos on the columns and the walls can be seen through the windows.

Isparta is also famous for its long-haired rugs and a carpet and kilim museum was inaugurated on the 30th of August 2013. Hundreds of rugs, some of which are very old and of great value, are exhibited over 8 floors.

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