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Isparta is both a city and province. One of the loveliest cities in the Mediterranean region, Isparta flourishes with aromatic roses and rose products, authentic carpets and felt products. Isparta's famous, traditional tandyr kebab can be enjoyed in a variety of restaurants.

Thanks to its exposure to cultures sweeping through over the centuries, Isparta reveals many signs of earlier times.

  • A vast assortment of old coins, a number of Roman reliefs, Ottoman era artwork, and excellent originals of Turkish folklore, are found in the city museum.

  • Firdevs Pasa Mosque, Kinik minaret and the Yilan Koran fountain are dramatic monuments.

  • Isparta is the home town of a former president of the Republic, Suleyman Demirel.
  • Isparta province is graced by peaceful lakes. Egirdir Lake is the fourth biggest in Turkey with a 200-square-mile surface area. It spans parts of Isparta province and the Lakes region, and it is one of the most significant lakes of both. Nearly half of the province consists of high plateaus. Numerous deep caverns exist around the city of Isparta. The Kovada and Kizildagwo national parks in Isparta province attract visitors with natural majesty and historic ruins.

    In addition, Mount Davraz, 16 miles from Isparta, is one of the region's most important skiing areas.

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