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image by Tomislav Šipek, 27 January 2022
The new flag is white with a new logo.
Tomislav Šipek, 27 January 2022
The municipality of Akhisar (160,620 inhabitants in 2010, 107,086 in the town
of Akhisar; 170,698 ha) is located 50 km north-east of Manisa.
The new logo was adopted on 13 November 2020.
"T.C.", standing for "Türkiye Cumhuriyeti", "Republic of Turkey", was added.
The crescent and star symbolizes the Turkish idiosyncrasy and Islam. They point upwards as a symbol of independence and freedom.
The olive tree represents the mains source of income in the region, as Akhisar's "black gold". Mentioned in sacred texts, olive has been a symbol of peace, abundance and fertility for centuries. The color of the elements of the logo is the color of olive oil.
The column represents the old town of Thyateira, highlighting Akhisar's 6000 years long history.
The labrys (double-bladed axe) belonged, according to Hellenistic texts, to the Amazons living in Anatolia.
Turkey has the second place in table olive production and fourth place in olive oil production in the world. Olive production may fluctuates due to periodicity of olive trees, but exports of table olives have been continuously increasing over the last years. In 2012, the export of table olives have been reached US$ 118 million in Turkey. Aegean region is the major olive production area in Turkey and there are more than 12 million olive trees in the Akhisar district of Manisa which is also known for largest number of olive trees in Turkey.
[A.A. Aydar & A.O. Aydar. 2013. Production and characteristics of olive and olive oils in Akhisar district of Turkey. 2nd Conference on Traditional Foods From Adriatic to Caucasus]
Thyatheira, a considerable city in the north of Lydia, on the river Lycus, and on the road leading from Sardes in the south to Germa in the north. It was anciently called Pelopeia, Euhippa, and Semiramis. Strabo calls it a Macedonian colony, which probably means only that during the Macedonian period it was increased and embellished, for Stephanus B., admitting that it previously existed under other names, relates that Seleucus Nicator gave it the name of Thygateira or Thyateira on being informed that a daughter (Θυγάτηρ) was born to him. But whatever we may think of this etymology, it seems clear that the place was not originally a Macedonian colony, but had existed long before under other names, and at one period belonged to Mysia.
After the time of Antiochus Nicator, however, it became an important place, and is often noticed in history. When the two Scipios arrived in Asia on their expedition against Antiochus the Great, the latter was encamped near Thyateira, but retreated to Magnesia. After the defeat of the Syrian king, the town surrendered to the Romans.
In Christian times Thyatira appears as one of the seven Churches in the Apocalypse; in the Acts of the Apostles (16.14) mention is made of one Lydia, a purple-seller of Thyateira, and at a still later period we hear of several bishops whose see it was.
[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.04.0064:entry=thyateira-geo, W. Smith. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. 1854]
In 366, the Cilician commander Procopius (325-366) attempted to claim the Roman throne. The legions under his command met the troops of Valens (328-378), the brother of the heir to the Roman throne, Valentinian I (321-378), in Thyateira. At the end of the battle, the usurper was captured and executed.
Known to the Byzantines as Asprokastro, the town was seized in 1307 by the Turks, who renamed it to Akhisar and incorporated in 1390 to the Ottoman Empire. The town was part of the sanjak of Saruhan, transformed into a province in 1923 and renamed to Manisa in 1927.
A part of the ruins of the town of Thyateira can be seen today at the Tepe Mezarı site in Akhisar's downtown.
Ivan Sache, 29 January 2022
image by Jens Pattke, 9 November 2012
The [former] flag of Akhisar (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
Tomislav Šipek, 15 October 2012
Akhisar Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Flag of ATSO - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 October 2017
The flag of ATSO is white with the organization's emblem (photo, photo, photo).
Ivan Sache, 12 October 2017
Akhisar Commodity Exchange
Flag of the Akhisar Commodity Exchange - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 October 2017
The Akhisar Commodity Exchange was established
on 22 August 1968.
The flag of the Akhisar Commodity Exchange (photo) is white with the organization's emblem and name written below in grey letters.
Ivan Sache, 12 October 2017
Flag of Akhisar - Image by Ivan Sache, 21 February 2016
Akhisar Belediyespor (website) was established in 1970 as the merger of three clubs (Güneşspor, Gençlikspor, and Doğanspor) from Manisa. The club's football section won the Second League in 2012 and has been playing in the First League since then.
The flag of Akhisar Belediyespor (photo) is white with the club's emblem in the center.
Ivan Sache, 21 February 2016