exists in a country of fragrant roses and beautiful
lakes of peaceful waters, one of the pretty cities in the
Mediterranean region. Around 45% of Isparta consists of high plateaus.
There are many impressive caves around Isparta.
If you go to Kirazildere or the
environs of Sidre, you may view this lovely site with a bird's eye. Here is the Egirdir
Lake which is one of the most fascinating of Turkey, extending calmly along
wide forests covering the foot of the mountains behind. It is an excellent site for
relaxing, while it also offers opportunities for surf and fishing. Some of other
picnicking sites are Golcuk Lake (13 kms southwest from
Isparta), Kirazildere, Ayazma, Milas, Caravanserai,
Altnkum Beach, Pmarpazarl, Camyol, Kovada National Park and Lake, and Kasnak Forest,
famous for various kinds of butted lies.
The town of the same name, is a rarely beautiful site not
only because of the charming scene the lake provides, but also with the ancient ruins
decorating the land. The Ulu Mosque of 15th century stands here with its attractive
minaret, along with the Seljuk fortress and Byzantine churches. Antiocheia, the ancient
city of Yalvac and ruins at Bayat are the other monuments of sightseers' interest.
The two national parks in Isparta are the Kovada
and Kizildag, which please the visitors with their natural
beauties and historical remains. The Kovada Lake is made up of bays and beaches,
surrounded by forests, and possesses a fresh atmosphere just like the National Park of Kizildag
full of thousands of nice cedar trees.
Changing hands continuosly throughout history, Isparta also
holds many signs from earlier times. At the museum of the city, a rich collection of
ancient coins, fine examples from Turkish folklore, several Roman relief and works of art
from the Ottoman period are found. Firdevs Papa Mosque, Yilan
Koran fountain and Kink minaret are also
spectacular monuments, while Yalvac, and Sarkikaraagac,
are two other sites with ancient roots.