Alaşehir(älä`shĕhēr'), town (1990 pop. 36,649), W Turkey, at the foot of the Tmolus Mts. (Boz Dağ). It is the trade center for a region where tobacco, fruit, and mineral water are produced. The town is picturesque, with narrow winding streets and a Byzantine wall. Nearby is the site of ancient PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia,
name of several ancient cities. One was in Lydia, W Asia Minor (now W Turkey). At the foot of Mt. Tmolus and near the location of modern Alaşehir, it was founded in the 2d cent. B.C. by Attalus II Philadelphus of Pergamum.
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