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Social Responsibility / Culture and History

The first known stock exchange in history: Aizanoi

We protect the traces of the past
with each step we take.

We believe that we should benefit from the deep-rooted experience of the past to build a strong future, a future that feels the pride and responsibility of living in a region that has been among the cornerstones of the world’s history. In line with this approach, we consider it one of our essential duties to protect historical and cultural values.

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    The Macellum Square

    Round Structure (Stock Exchange), the aerial view of the structure
    that is thought to be the first stock exchange in history.

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    The Temple of Zeus

    Lower room of the Temple of Zeus that was restored
    to an exhibition hall by Aizanoi excavation team.

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    The Temple of Zeus

    The best preserved temple in Anatolia
    which was built to honor Zeus

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    The Columned Street

    The Columned Street has an estimated length of 450 meters
    and was the main axis of the road system of Aizanoi

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    The Amphitheatre

    A two-story structure
    to the southeast of the Temple of Zeus.

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    The Temple of Zeus

    The best-preserved temple in Anatolia
    which was built to honor Zeus.

The Ancient City of Aizanoi

The ancient city of Aizanoi is in the district of Çavdarhisar, which is located 48 km southwest of Kütahya. The ancient city is positioned on a plain and treeless plateau at an altitude of 1,000 to 1,050 meters on the Örencik plain.

The city was located on the area called Phrygia Minor (or Phrygia Epiktetos), which formed the southwestern part of ancient Phrygia. The most important stream in this area is Rhyndacus (Koca Su), which is believed to have opened a path to the Mysia region in ancient times.

Koca Su flows northwards to the Sea of Marmara joined by rivers of various sizes on the valley that was named after Koca Su. The Hermus (Gediz) river flows to the Aegean Sea through 25 km south of Aizanoi. At approximately the same distance to the east of the city runs the Porsuk River. Aizanoi was located on a plain and fairly treeless area, which is almost reminiscent of an ancient lake bed.

Even though the exact date of the first settlements in Aizanoi is unclear, it is thought that they were around the Temple of Zeus. It is argued that the first settlement in the area dates back to 2000 B.C. During the excavations, certain artifacts dating back to 3000 B.C. were found in and around the Temple of Zeus in particular

Pre-Roman sources offer limited accounts of the foundation of Aizanoi. The city was the setting of a struggle between the kingdoms of Pergamon and Bithynia until the Roman rule. The Kingdom of Bithynia wanted to capture Aizanoi for strategic purposes to aid in their expansion to the south. However, Aizanoi came under the dominion of the Kingdom of Pergamon that was ruled by Attalus I (216–213 B.C.)

Having become a sponsor of the Excavations in the ancient city of Aizanoi under the letter no. 190572 dated October 1, 2013, and the Communiqué on Promotion of Supporting Cultural Activities, issued by the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cultural Assets and Museums, Halk Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş. maintains this support as the “Main Sponsor.”