Discover Aydın Province. Aydın, once known as Tralles, was founded by the ancient Thracians. At the time, it was celebrated as a cultural center for sculpture. Additionally, Tralles was the birth place of the architect Anthemius of Tralles (474-534 AD), who was commissioned by Emperor Justinian to design the Church of the Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia). The earthquake-prone region has been built and rebuilt by a succession of Spartans, Phrygians, Ionians, Lydians, Persians, and Ancient Romans. Today, the area is known for pristine beaches, thermal springs, and traditional folk dancing called “Zeybek.
Aydın is a province in the Aegean Region. Neighboring provinces are Manisa to the north east, İzmir to the north, Denizli to the east, Muğla to the south. The central and western parts of the province are fertile plains watered by the largest river in the Aegean region the Büyük Menderes River.
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Aydın Province is one of eight provinces located in the Aegean Region: Afyonkarahisar (03), Aydın (09), Denizli (20), İzmir (35), Kütahya (43), Manisa (45), Muğla (48), and Uşak (64). Each province has a unique code license plate code. The license plate code for Aydın is number 09.
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Aydın includes the districts of Aydın, Bozdoğan, Buharkent, Çine, Didim, Efeler, Germencik, İncirliova, Karacasu, Karpuzlu, Koçarlı, Köşk, Kuyucak, Nazilli, Söke, Sultanhisar, and Yenipazar.
Aydın is home to many of the country’s best known archeological and historic sites including the ancient city of Aprodisias. Aprodisias, once the capital of Caria, is among the most significant sites discovered by modern archaeologists. The city dedicated to Aphrodite, rose to prominence in the first century BC as center for sculpture and became the location for the greatest sculpting school of antiquity.
Magnesia ad Maeandrum
Temple of Apollo
The mild climate and rich soil make the Aegean one of Turkey’s most fertile regions. Known for olive orchards and vineyards, the Aegean Region produces some of Turkey’s most prestigious olive oils and wines. Additionally, the Aegean is famous for an abundance of fresh produce including artichokes, grapes, pears and sweet melon.
Nestled in the heart of the Menderes river valley, Aydın is best known for delicious figs. Aydın fig trees typically yield fruit after 5 year. However, they are able to bear fruit for up to 50 years. After being harvested at the end of August, Aydın figs are commmonly sun-dried and preserved for winter.
The Aegean Region has a Mediterranean climate at the coast (with hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters) and a semi-arid continental climate in the interior (with hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters). Rainfall averages 645 mm (25 inches) per year; temperatures range from -8°C (18°F) to 43°C (109°F), with average humidity of 69%. Likewise, the climate in Aydın is mild, and generally warm and temperate. The temperature averages 17.8°C (64.0°F) with an average annual rainfall of 647 mm (25.5 inches).