Discover Uşak Province. Uşak may be most widely known as a historic center for the production of beautiful floor coverings. The province attained worldwide recognition in the 16th and 17th when the likeness of floor coverings from the area began to appear in fine works of art. In fact, Uşak floor coverings are sometimes referred to as Holbein carpets (in reference to the 16th century painter Hans Holbein der Jüngere who depicted them in detail). As early as the 17th century, there was trade between Uşak and the Netherlands as reflected in the rug shown thrown over the bannister in Vermeer’s painting “The Procuress.” Today, the province remains a center for the production of fine carpets and kilims.
Uşak Province sits in the Aegean Region of western Turkey. Neighboring provinces are Manisa to the west, Denizli to the south, Afyon to the east, and Kütahya to the north.
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Uşak 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 Uşak is the number 64.
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Uşak Province includes the districts of Banaz, Eşme, Karahallı, Sivaslı, Ulubey, and Uşak.
During the seventh century BC, Phrygians reigned in the east and Lydians reigned in the west of the area now known as Uşak. The region, once known as Lydia, was later taken over by the Persian Empire (6th century BC) and by Alexander the Great and his successors (4th century). Thereafter, rule of Uşak passed from the Roman Empire, to the Byzantine Empire, the Germiyanids and finally the Ottoman Empire in 1429.
The Karun Treasure (the name given to a collection of 363 valuable Lydian artifacts dating from the 7th century BC) was the subject of a legal battle between Turkey and New York Metropolitan Museum of Art between 1987–1993. Eventually (after the museum admitted knowledge that the objects were stolen at the time of purchase) the collection returned to Turkey. Today, the artifacts reside at the Uşak Museum of Archaeology.
Atatürk and Ethnography Museum
Ancient Roman ruins of Blaundus
Pepuza, Church of Montanism
Tomb of Hacim Sultan
Uşak Museum of Archaeology
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.
Cuisine from the Uşak Province is a blend of Aegean and Central Anatolian culture. The most famous dish is tarhana soup. Additionally, regional specialties include keşkek (meat stew with wheat or barley), katmer (flaky pastry dish), çömlek eti (meat prepared in terracotta), höşmerim (cheese helva), muska böreği (filled phyllo pastry triangles), demir tatlısı (fried cookie made with an iron mold), cendere tatlısı (layered phyllo dessert), and ebem köftesi (meatball of minced meat and flour).
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, Uşak has a continental Mediterranean climate with cold, wet and regularly snowy winters and hot, long and dry summers.