Located in the Central West Anatolia Part of the Aegean Zone, Kütahya has undergone the Hittite, Phrygian, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Germiyanid and Ottoman eras into the time of the Republic of Turkey throughout its known history. Hittites are the oldest people that settled on the lands remaining within the Kütahya city borders, whose name is known. Still, the archeological discoveries around date the history of settlement in the city to much earlier dates, back to the antiquities. Although a certain date cannot be established for establishment of Kütahya, it can be said that the city was established around mid second millennium BC based on the almanacs of Tudhaliya IV (1256-1220 BC) relating to the history of Assuwa found in the Hittite texts. Kütahya has attracted attention in every era throughout the history with its rick mineral deposits, which are also exploited today; and so the city has always enjoyed extended trade routes and rapid development. Meeting the Turkish civilizations in late 11th century following the Battle of Manzikert, Kütahya was the capital for the Germiyanid State and the Ottoman State was founded on these lands. Moreover, Kütahya has a rich cultural heritage as the place, where the greatest victory has been won in the “Turkish and worldwide military history”
Geographical structure of Kütahya
Kütahya is located in the Central West Anatolia Part of the Aegean Region. It is the transition between the Central Anatolia Region and the Aegean Region that has a coast. Kütahya city is located between the Latitudes: 38 degrees and 70 minutes and 39 degrees and 80 minutes North; and Longitudes: 29 degrees and 00 minutes and 30 minutes and 30 minutes East. Our city accounts for approximately 1.5% of the territory of Turkey with its area of 11.875 square meters. Kütahya is surrounded by the cities Bursa to the north, Bilecik to the northeast, Eskişehir and Afyon to the east, Uşak to the south, and Manisa and Balıkesir to the west.