Edirne, the former capital city of the Ottoman kingdom and later the seat of Mehmet II’s courtyard, is home to numerous imperial buildings. The city boasts of a rich culinary heritage as well as a sense of grandeur. Since the Turkish city shares its borders with Bulgaria and Greece, it has a European feel that is mostly appreciated in summer. This is the time, when the locals come to the riverside to cheer the participants at the Kirkpinar wrestling festival.
If you are planning to take a trip to Edirne, go through our compilation of the historic and cultural marvels that exist in the city.
The Selimiye Mosque, constructed by the notable Ottoman architect Koca Sinan, is the most exquisite landmark that adorn the city skyline. The 16th century mosque has four 71-meter tall minarets positioned in the middle of the mosque complex, which consists of an arcade of shops, a Hadith school, and a medrese. The other highlights of this mosque include the broad, towering dome that is supported by eight pillars, and the colorful calligraphic decorations on its interior.
Uc Serefeli Mosque
Featuring four magnificent minarets, the town centre is dominated by this visually attractive mosque. The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Murat II in the 15th century. The tallest minaret has three balconies, the second tallest minaret has two, and the remaining minarets have one each.
The Eski or the Old Mosque is another must-see sight in the city having a large local congregation. This is the oldest imperial mosque in the city, being constructed during the early 15th century. Originally, the mosque had a large mosque complex, but now the remains of its bedesten exist.
Beyazit II Health Museum
The Beyazit II mosque complex with its outstanding darussifa and medresesi is now the home to this health museum that highlights the history of medicine in Islam. Dummies dressed like Ottoman-era medical students, patients, and doctors feature in scenes that depict different medical procedures.
Turkish and Islamic Art Museum
If you are in the mood to take more views of the city’s historical wealth, head to the Arts Museum, which has an impressive collection of artifacts including jewelry, costumes, ceramics, woodwork, glass, weaponry, and calligraphy. While touring the museum do not miss the Tekke Works Room and the Circumcision Room.