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A market town of handsome, crumbling timber-framed Greek and Turkish houses, Kula attracts students of architecture for its authentic, unreconstructed styles, pictured in Cornucopia 22. Some 900 buildings have been identified as worth preserving. In this quiet town, surrounded by extinct volcanoes, bread is still baked in common ovens, shoe-makers, tin-smiths and tailors inhabit small shops and women weave carpets in hidden courtyards. But the textile factories that once flourished are gone, and there are hopes of harnessing the warm underground water to turn Kula into an elegant spa resort.
Kula lies 140km east of Izmir and is easy to get to by bus, but the only real way to see the region around the town is by car. The journey takes 90 minutes. A two-day hire from Izmir would cover the sights, but if you want to see the Lydian treasures in the museum in Uşak and take in Manisa then allow three days.
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