Tavşanlı

The county of Tavşanlı contains a 20 km segment of the Evliya Çelebi Way, part of the Via Eurasia. The route within the county was waymarked and signposted in 2016-2017 and includes 2 days of trekking on footpaths, old roads and forestry tracks.

As this area is close to Kütahya, the route is very suitable for day-hikers as well as long-distance trekkers.

Tavşanlı is a town and district of Kütahya Province in the Aegean region of Turkey.

Tavşanlı is a typical Aegean town where a government-owned coal-mine company attracted thousands of settlers from surrounding cities and villages which made the town reach the population of 62,000.

The town is also famous for its notable number of jewellery shops and a popular snack called “leblebi” (roasted chick peas).

History of Tavşanlı

Tavşanlı is said to be called after a hunting party held by the Ottoman prince Bayezid I, in which he is said to have hunted rabbits. Thus the name Tavşanlı meaning “the place with rabbits” was given to the area. The former name of the town, Harguş, means ‘rabbit’ in Farsi.

Artefacts gathered through researches on different locations of Tavşanlı tells us that history of the town goes back to Chalcolithic Era. Displayed in Tavşanlı Municpality Museum, various findings from Neolithic, Chaltcolithic and Bronze Age gives a clue on the rich history of the town.

Due to a Phrygian Rock Tomb 5km distance from Tavşanlı, the place is also called as Phrygia Epictetus (Little Phrygia). Although not excavated, in future Tavşanlı Höyüğü/Mound along with three others will reveal important information about the region.

Marble pieces, stelae, sarcophagi lids and some architectural monuments found within the region show Roman-period settlement, then later, Byzantine. The city then came under the rule of Anatolian Seljuks and then Germiyanoğulları and was given as a dowry after the marriage of Germiyanoglu Suleyman Shah’s daughter, Devlet Hatun, to Ottoman Sultan Yıldırım Beyazıt.

In 2006, a 100 sq m Roman mosaic was revealed near Çardaklı; 52 sq m is very well preserved and includes glass tesserae.

Festivals in Tavşanlı

There is a roasted chickpea, Leblebi in Turkish, and coal festival, organized by the municipality during the first days of September.

Interesting Places in Tavşanlı

Belediye Museum

The museum (former Municipality building) is located in Belediye square in near the Ulu Cami and was opened in 1989. There are artefacts from the Neolithic, chalcolithic and bronze ages.

Kavaklı Cami

This is the first mosque to have been built in Tavşanlı. According to the inscription on the mosque, the structure was built in 1118.

Stages

Elmalı to Şenlik (14.5km)

The route runs far from civilisation. From Elmalı, clear paths through pine forest, followed by stony zigzags, brings you to the bottom of the valley ahead. Here we meet the shallow Ozan River, which will be our guide all day; we follow it first along narrow footpath, then along tractor track. We finally turn into the broad Kütahya Plain and reach the village of Şenlik.

Transport

There is easy transport to Tavşanlı from Kütahya and Eskişehir. It is also possible to take local busses to Domaniç. Public transport to Şenlik can be found by the main bus station in the centre.

Accommodation

Tavşanlı has hotels and there is a thermal resort at Göbel and at Yoncalı.

 

                        


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