The Perfect Harmony of Nature and History, the Land of the Efes: Aydın
"The Most Beautiful Earth Under the Sky Created by God" (Herodotus)
The Büyük Menderes Basin, known as the “Valley of Civilizations” with its favorable climatic conditions and fertile lands, has witnessed an intense cultural development in every period of history. Aydın has an important place in this cultural process. According to the ceramic findings obtained in the city, the history of the settlement goes back to 4,500 BC. The first historical information about Aydın was encountered in Hittite sources.
Tralleis, the city of architects and physicians and the city of “Seikilos”, the first written musical notation on earth, is located in the ancient settlement of Aydın. The region hosts many important ancient cities such as Tralleis, Aphrodisias, Miletos, Alinda, Alabanda, Nysa, Magnesia, Amyzon, Panionion, Neopolis, Mastaura, Antiokya, Gerga, Akharaka, Harpasa, Piginda, Orthosia, Phygela.
Aydın, a modern city and the 9th province of the Republic of Türkiye, looks like an open-air museum with its cultural and natural assets. It is one of the important tourism cities that has embraced many civilizations throughout history and where you can see the traces of history from past to present.
Aydın, where the magnificent nature and the sea are in harmony with cultural and archaeological values, is a unique tourism city that must be seen in the Aegean Region.