The ruins of the ancient city of Hypaiapa, excavated to the north of Ödemiş district and located 113 km east of İzmir, demonstrate that the history of the local settlement dates back to ancient times. The historical significance of Ödemiş and its environs originates from a nearby settlement, Birgi, which functioned as the capital in the Aydınoğulları era. Birgi is a town linked to the Ödemiş district (8 km from the district centre), and a town that has managed to preserve its originality. Select examples of the Seljuk and Ottoman architecture, a rich cultural heritage comprising of civilian architectural buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, and a natural heritage create considerable tourism potential in the area. Birgi was included as a destination in religious tourism in 1994. Its main sights are the three-floored Çakırağa Mansion, which is one of the most beautiful examples of wooden Turkish houses, İmam-ı Birgivi Madrasa (theological school attached to a mosque) and Sultan Şah Tomb. In addition, visitors are strongly recommended to pay a visit to the famous bazaar in Ödemiş (held every Saturday) and taste the delicious Ödemiş Kebab.
Bozdağ – Gölcük
Bozdağlar (mountains) located in Ödemiş, are an ideal venue for nature walks and recreation as well as for mountaineering and skiing in winter. In addition, paragliding is available all year round.
Birgi became the capital during the Aydınoğulları Beyliq period and continued its function as the capital until Aydınoğlu Hızır Bey moved his headquarters to Selçuk. For this reason, Aydınoğulları and Ottoman period works are widely seen. Some of these are the Ulu Mosque, Aydınoğulları Mausoleum, Ummu Sultan Mausoleum from Aydınoğulları period; Imam-ı Birgivi Madrasa, Dervişağa Mosque, Çakırağa Mansion and Karaoğlu Mosque from the Ottoman period.
It is a 1050 meters high plateau in the northeast of Ödemiş. It takes its name from the lake above it. The name of the lake in ancient times was Torrhebia. It is estimated that this name was associated with Tu, the god of Tmolos and Lydia. The southern end of the road leading to Gölcük plateau is connected to the Ankara-İzmir highway next to the Sart ruins. The perimeter of the lake in the middle of the pine forest is 6 km. The region is a picnic, recreation and sports clubs and camp center.
Hypaipa (Günlüce Village)
Today, Günlüce village is located on the ancient city of Hypaipa, about 5 km north of Ödemiş district. It was one of the important cities of Lydia Civilization in Kaystros plain. It was used as a religious cultural center by the Lydians, Persians and Romans. It is also known that a bishopric was founded during the Byzantine period. In ancient times, a dye called root dyes, and a perfume called saffron were produced, weaving was an important income source. The city continued its existence until the 16th and 17th centuries AD because of its location on the Ephesos and Sardis road. After this date, nomads, known as the Otamış Clan, settled in Ödemiş of today.