In Manisa, where traces left by Ancient Aegean civilizations hundreds of years ago can be encountered in every step, Weeping Rock is a natural formation identified with one of the most sorrowful stories of the Greek mythology, and became a symbol related to this story. It is located in Çaybaşı site in Karaköy quarter, within the boundaries of Mount Spil National Park.
Niobe, the daughter of Tantalus who was a local ruler thought to be of Lydian descent because of the area he had reigned, marries Amphion, the King of Thebai. According to mythology, Amphion and Niobe had fourteen children, seven male and seven female. Always boasting of her children, Niobe makes the Goddess Leto, the consort of Zeus who is regarded as the strongest god according to Greek Pantheon, angry by noting that she has only two children. Leto asks her children Apollo and Artemis to slay all children of Niobe, and they get killed by the arrows of these two. Pitying Niobe crying for days next to the bodies of her children, Zeus turns her into a rock in Mount Spil (Sipylus) to soothe her pain.
The rock located at Mount Spil and resembling the silhouette of a woman's head when looked at from a certain angle is interpreted to be Niobe, and waters pouring out of the grooves of the rock, which are likened to an eye pit, are thought of as Niobe's tears. Weeping Rock, which is quite interesting with its mythological and mysterious story, is a must-see point to pay a visit for people to come to Manisa.