Cumhuriyet Caddesi in Kütahya

A good place to start exploring Kütahya is along Cumhuriyet Caddesi, a pedestrianized street in the city center. A roundabout at the southern end of the busy Atatürk Bulvarı leads to the street.

In the center of the roundabout is a fountain dedicated to Kütahya pottery. The Saat Kulesı  (clock tower) is located in Azerbaycan Parkı to the east.

Kütahya pottery fountain in Kütahya, Turkey

Kütahya pottery fountain

Saat Kulesi in Azerbaycan Parkı in Kütahya, Turkey

Saat Kulesi in Azerbaycan Parkı

The Kütahya Belediyesi (municipality building) is located to the south of the roundabout. It was built in the late 19th century and is covered in Kütahya tiles. I believe the building has been torn down since my visit and replaced with a park, but I need confirmation on this.

Kütahya Belediyesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Kütahya Belediyesi

In front of the building, I noticed a small fountain also covered in tiles. Nearby is a statue of  a Zeybek. The Zeybeks were guerrilla fighters who lived in the Aegean region between the 17th and early 20th centuries. To the right is another noticeable building, the Gül Palas Hotel.

Fountain in Kütahya, Turkey

Fountain

Zeybek statue in Kütahya, Turkey

Zeybek statue

Gül Palas Hotel in Kütahya, Turkey

Gül Palas Hotel

From there, walk down Cumhuriyet Caddesi. It’s a lively pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants.

Cumhuriyet Caddesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Cumhuriyet Caddesi

There are couple of historic mosques along the way. Ali Paşa Camii was built in 1796, and Karagöz Camii was built in 1509. I didn’t enter either of them.

Ali Paşa Camii in Kütahya, Turkey

Ali Paşa Camii

Karagöz Camii in Kütahya, Turkey

Karagöz Camii

At the end of Cumhuriyet Caddesi is a statue of a whirling dervish. You can also find the Dönenler Camii and Kütahya Ulu Camii across the street from one another.

Whirling dervish statue in Kütahya, Turkey

Whirling dervish statue

While waiting for prayers to end so I could visit the mosques, I walked up Ahi Erbasan Caddesi, which starts in front of the Dönenler Camii. I found some nice Ottoman homes there.

Ahi Erbasan Caddesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Ahi Erbasan Caddesi

Ahi Erbasan Caddesi in Kütahya, Turkey

Ahi Erbasan Caddesi

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