History of EdirneIt was the capital city of the Ottoman Empire from 1365 to 1453 before Constantinople (Istanbul) became the empire's new capital and is one of Turkey’s best preserved Ottoman cities.
Famous for the many mosques, domes and minarets that stand out over the city, with one of the most important,
By the mid 14th century the Ottomans and Byzantines had set in place mutual defence treaties, and with links in marriage, had gained their first permanent foothold on the coast of Thrace. Hadrianopolis yielded to Murat I in 1361 and 100 years later Mehmet the Conqueror trained his troops here in preparation for the march on Constantinople, eventually in 1458 the Ottoman court moved from here to the Bosphorus. For a further three centuries it was a favourite place of numerous sultans for hunting and falconry and earned the name “Happiness Gate” (Der-I Saadet) because of the many victory celebrations, marriages and circumcision ceremonies that took place there. After an earthquake in 1751 and each of the Russo-Turkish wars between 1829 and 1879 along with the Bulgarians who occupied the city in 1931 and committed many atrocities its decline was inevitable. The Greeks, as World War I Allies, seized control of Turkish Thrace including Edirne from 1920 to 1922 with sovereignty being reinstated back to the Turks by the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne.
Things to do in EdirneIt is easy to tour the city on foot and with many of the Ottoman monuments being spread out a full day is recommended to take everything in. Many of the sights are on the north and west sides of town and a pleasant way to get there is by walking following the banks of the Tunca River shaded by willow trees.
Edirne Oil Wrestling ChampionshipsEdirne is also the centre for oil-wrestling (yagli güres in Turkish) which is Turkey’s national sport. The championships are held for 3 days every year in July during the Kirkpinar Festival which also has other traditional entertaining activities. To obtain tickets contact one of the tourist offices and well in advance as tickets sell very quickly.
Some of the places that you can visit in Edirne are as follows:
Selimiye Mosque & Museum
Getting to EdirneBuses from all over Turkey arrive at Edirne’s otogar (bus garage) 2km southeast of the city centre (a free dolmuş service runs from the otogar to the centre) and most visitors from abroad arrive by train at the station 1km further on. City buses or a taxi will bring you into town from there. Edirne has three tourist offices from where you can pick up maps and brochures.
Edirne HotelsHotels tend to be booked solid either by passing drivers, Turkish workers on route back to Germany or the many Eastern Europeans arriving by car. Reservations need to be made at least one month in advance and especially during Turkish holidays and the Kirkpinar Festival. As there is always a constant demand for rooms the hotel prices can be expensive but if you are willing to bargain as much as a 50% discount can be achieved.
Turkey Property For Sale
Turkish Food Recipes
Garnished Rice - Rice & Pasta Dishes
Borek Pastry with Minced Meat - Pastries
Tea Time Pastry
Sultan's Pleasure - Red Meat Courses
Pursley with Olive Oil - Vegetable Courses
Fish Cooked in Milk - Other Main Courses
Egg Coated Kofte (Woman’s Thigh) - Red Meat Courses