Kütahya, 182 km (113 miles) southeast of Bursa and 78 km (49 miles) southwest of Eskişehir (map), is known for its beautiful colored tiles and pottery, but it has an interesting history as well.
Kütahya (kur-TAHH-yah, from the Latin Cotyaeum; pop. 250,000) rests beneath a ruined hilltop fortress in Aegean Turkey just about equidistant (around 330 km/205 miles, 5 hours) from Ankara, Istanbul, İzmir,Konya and Pamukkale.
Everybody here seems to be in the business of making or selling faience (colored tiles), called çini (CHEE-nee) in Turkish, but the town also has an Ulu Cami (Great Mosque) dating from 1410, a 16th-century market building, and a former medrese (theological seminary) dating from 1440.
The interesting museum is in another medrese, the Vacidiye, dating from 1314, right next to the Ulu Cami…