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  • Edirne GoTürkiye

    Just a short-day trip from İstanbul to the west, close to the borders of Greece and Bulgaria; Edirne can be both a city break from İstanbul and a trip in and of itself. It's a fascinating city and well worth the time to explore!

    Edirne was historically known as Adrianople, or ‘‘City of Hadrian’’, named after the Roman Emperor. The city later became the capital of the Ottoman Empire, from 1369 until 1453.

    Selimiye Mosque built by the Architect Mimar Sinan and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011; Eski Mosque, Üç Şerefeli Mosque, Enez Ancient City, Edirne Archaeology and Ethnography Museum, inns; Turkish baths and palaces; and 10 historical bridges of the city are just a few of the places and attractions worth seeing in Edirne.

    Edirne is “the city of festivals”.

    The annual Turkish Oil Wrestling Festival in Kırkpınar is famous throughout Türkiye and further afield. The event takes place at the end of June or beginning of July every year.

    You can also enjoy International Edirne Band and Liver Festival which celebrates the brass band music and the famous liver dish of Edirne at the same time.

    And another festival you don’t want to miss in Edirne is Kakava Festival-Hıdırellez welcoming spring in a most traditional and fun way.

    SEE
    • Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex
    • Eski (Ulu) Mosque (Old Mosque)
    • 10 historical bridges including Uzunköprü
    • Arasta Çarşısı (Bazaar)
    • Bedesten Çarşısı (Bazaar)
    • Ali Paşa Çarşısı (Bazaar)
    • Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Festival
    • Üç Şerefeli Mosque
    • Saraçlar Street
    • Edirne Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum
    • Rüstempaşa Kervansarayı
    • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
    • Edirne Palace
    TASTE
    • Edirne beyaz peyniri (Edirne cheese)
    • Edirne Tava (Yaprak) Ciğeri (Edirne Liver)
    • Badem Ezmesi (almond paste)
    • Edirne Bademli Kurabiyesi (almond cookies)
    • Hardaliye
    • İpsala Pirinci (ipsala rice)
    • Keşan Satır Et
    • Ciğer Sarma
    • Kapama
    • Kaçamak
    • Ottoman Palace Cuisine
    • Meriç Fıstığı (peanut)
    SMELL
    • Lavender fields
    • Salty sea of Saros Gulf
    • Söğütlük Forest
    • Edirne Mis Sabunu (Mis Soap of Edirne)
    • Sunflower Fields
    • Meriç and Tunca Rivers
    • Gala Lake
    • Korudağ Forests
    • Söğütlük City Forest
    • Sarayiçi Tavuk Forest
    TOUCH
    • Erikli and Enez Beaches
    • Gala Lake National Park
    • Danişment National Park
    • Gökçetepe National Park
    • Mecidiye-İbrice Harbour
    • Koru Mountain
    • Door of Üçşerefeli Mosque
    • Reverse Tulip Motif of Selimiye Mosque
    • Calligraphies on the Walls of Eski (Old) Mosque
    • Lalapaşa Dolmenleri (cromlech)
    • Tiles of Muradiye Mosque
    • Ruins of Cihannuma Kasrı
    • Edirnekari
    • Edirne Kırmızısı (Rouge d’Andrinople)
    • Aynalı Süpürge
    • Edirne Taligaları
    • Macedonian Tower and Roman Walls
    LISTEN
    • Edirne State Classical Turkish Music Choir
    • Edirne Roman Music Choir
    • Voice of the waves in Saros Gulf
    • Cazgır in Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Festival
    • Drum and Clarion in Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Festival
    • Birds in Sarayiçi Tavuk Forest
    • Voices of Music and Water in The Complex of Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum
    • Kakava Festival and Fire
    • International Edirne Band and Liver Festival
    • Ezan in Selimiye Mosque
    • Hıdırellez