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Eskisehir is one of the oldest settlements (3500 BC) in this region. It was founded in the 3rd millenium BC by the Phrygians along the banks of the Porsuk River and its banks.
The city has many places of interest; the Archaeological Museum which houses the Phrygian objects and sculptures; the Ottoman House Museum which is a very fine example of the 19th century local architecture and has many local ethnographical items. There are three significant tombs around Eskisehir: the Sheik Edibali Tomb, the Kumbet Baba Tomb, and the Cupola of Alemsah.
The Phrygian Valley, the Falcon Fortress, the Unfinished Monument, and the Gerdek Rock are other historical sites to visit. In Eskisehir you will frequently see items made of meerschaum since this is the place where it originates You will see the best meerschaum stone works at the Meerschaum Museum.
The Rug and Seyitgazi Museums have many examples of different kinds of kilims and hand-knit and stockings.
In Eskisehir it is possible to have good time at Sakaryabasi where there is a spring lake and fresh fish restaurants.
Outside Eskisehir is Sivrihisar (Justinianopolis), full of typical Ottoman houses and famous for its kilims. Seyit Battal Gazi (Nakoleia) is 45 kms south of Eskisehir. The mosque complex on the hill was built to pay homage to the Islamic hero Seyit Battal.
The Yunus Emre Village is the burial place of the world famous poet of the 13th century, Yunus Emre. There is a commemorative tomb built for him as well as a museum, and celebrations are held here every May.
'Birth Festivities' which are dedicated to Nasreddin Hoca, a humor master and folk philosopher, is organized in Eskisehir every year in the last week of June.
117 kms from Ankara, on the Eskisehir road and 16 kms to the right you will find the Phrygian city, Pessinus, its contemporary name is Ballihisar. There you will see the Temple of Cybele - the mother goddess, and an open-air museum housing interesting sculptures found in this ancient Phrygian cult center, which was built in the 10th century BC.
One of the most important settlement centers of the Phrygians, between the 8th- and 6th-centuries BC, was Midas, situated 66 kms south of Eskisehir.
At this place of distant past, stands the ancient city with an acropolis overlooking the lower land. On its northwestern side are two open-air cult temples, carved into the rock, and the most interesting sight in the area. There are rock tombs and Phrygian inscriptions nearby, and a recently discovered underground tunnel which links the site to the valley extending below. The Midas Monument which was built in dedication to Cybele lies to the northwest of the ancient city.
Three tombs in the environs of Midas which were found at Kucuk Yazilikaya, Sutunlu Kale and Doganli Kale are especially remarkable,. Kumbet and Deveboynu are the other towns close to Midas, and visitors can enjoy the Phrygian monuments spread over these neighboring lands.
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VISITING MUSEUMS OF ESKISEHIR
Eskisehir Archeological Museum
S First started as a storage - museum in 1945 at Alaaddin Mosque with pieces collected from the region. It was moved to the complex of Kursunlu Mosque in 1966 and to its present premises in the Akarbasi section of the city in1974. Its collection is displayed in a chronological order in the three exhibition halls of the museum and its garden In the first hall of the museum animal and plant fossils from archaic ages, and items which belong to the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Old Bronze, Hittite and Phrygian Periods are displayed. The findings from the Demircihoyuk tumulus excavations are also exhibited in this section. In the second hall Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Period items and coins fromthe antiqity and Islamic priods are shown.Findings from Kocakizlar Tumulus at district of Alpu and from the Pessinus excavations at the Ballihisar Village of Sivrihisar District are displayed in seperate groups. Third hall is reserved for stone works and contains marble statuettes used as offerings from Roman and Byzantine Periods, statues, tombs, Roman era floor mosaics from Sarhoyuk (Dorylaeum) and findings of Babadat excavations. Open exibition in the garden has marble statues,altar stones,sarcophaguses , baked earth and millstone jars, and various architectural pieces. There are 4252 archeological and 3901 ethnographic pieces, and 6437 coins totaling to an inventory of 14.590 items.
Ataturk and Culture Museum
The building which is located in the Arifiye section of the city was built in 1921 and housed the Court of Appeals. The building has two storeys including the ground floor is built of stone at the ground floor, with bearing brick walls upstairs. The museum was organized to keep the relics from oor Great Leader Ataturk who has visited 16 times between the years 1920 - 1938 and it was opened to public in 1970. One section of the museum is reserved for Ataturk where his personal belongings and the gifts given to him during his visits are displayed in chronological order. In the second and the third hall there are ethnographical items from Topkapi Palace Museum and those collected from the region and photographs from Eskisehir visits of Ataturk. This section also hosts a collection which shows the progress of meerschaum, which is characteristic to the city and which is also named 1white gold', from excavation, to processing to final use. Books on Ataturk are exhibited at the central hall.
Ottoman House Museum
The house which is located in Dede neighborhood of Odunpazari section is a typical example of wood architecture of 19th century. The house which belongs to Halil Ibrahim Efendi (Sipaahioglu) who was a member of the first term of the Parliament is known as 'the house of Yesilefendi' and as an added signifance as Ataturk was hosted there. The men's quarters (selamlik) section of the house was opened to public visits in 1984 following restoration. The building, which is constructed in 'Bagdadi' style of lathe and plaster, consists of a basement and a floor over the ground level. Wood workmanship on ceilings, doors and cupboard are extremely well done. The main room which has a hearth and a bay window is richer in decoration compared to the others. The museum is arranged to reflect domestic life at 19th century and local ethnographic items are also displayed.
Yunus Emre Museum
The museum building which is located within the Yunus Emre Complex at the Yunus Emre Village (Sarikoy) of Mihaliccik District is built with cut stones. It has a porched entrance and arched windows. In the 'L' shaped exhibition hall of the museum titles of privilage and bills fro Yunus Emre Dervis Lodge, books on Yunus Emre are displayed, including architectural elements from his original grave which are adorned with the best examples of Seljuk period stone decorations.
It is located at Seyitgazi District which is 42 km. from Eskisehir. The museum is located within Seyit Battalgazi Complex. The complex displays characteristics of Seljuk, Early Ottoman and Classical Ottoman Periods. Archeological pieces are displayed in the museum in a chronological order. Items of ethnographic character generally reflect the special feature of the locality. The open exhibition in the garden includes Roman column heads and bases, altar stones; friezes and balustrates from Byzantine Period, and grave stones from the Seljuk Period.
Tasting Met Helva (Halva)
Met Helva is kind of sweet like Pismaniye Halva which is so popular in Turkey. Met Halva looks like finger and there are two types of it. Plain one, i think its vanilla flavored and the other is cacao flavored. You can see Met Helva all around in Eskisehir and its neighborhood cities. If you like sweet go ahead :)
Yolcu's new Eskisehir Page
This is probably not your first pick when seeking an adventure in Turkey... it justs happens to be where work calls for me and my wife. Though tourist location, it is not, it does provide a glimpse into the Turkish culture that one may not see in the larger cities of Anatolia... truly, we have made friendships in this city as deep as many as we have shared in the United States... all in all, I find it thrilling to take part in the livelihood of a new (or rather old) and exciting culture -- take a tip from me: the culdesac is not where it's at! Come and visit us on your next adventure to Turkey... maybe we can show you around.
"Modern City with an Old Name; ESKISEHIR"
Eski=Old and Sehir=City in Turkish. Eskisehir is located at the western part of Central Anatolia. The city famous for its restored historical houses, River Porsuk, canals, bridges and meerschaum artifacts (luletasi).
"Luletasi/Meerschaum or "White Gold of Eskisehir""
Meerschaum is a soft white stone which mineralogists call sepiolite (hydrous magnesium silicate, called lületasi [LUR-leh-tah-shuh] in Turkish).
It's mined in villages near Eskisehir in Aegean Turkey and carved into beads, necklaces, earrings and especially tobacco pipes.
A wooden derrick is built above a rectangular pit dug to reach the vein of meerschaum. Men go down in the pit, sometimes 100 meters (328 feet) deep, to dig in the dirt for "white gold".You'll find articles carved from meerschaum for sale all over Turkey, and especially in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Meerschaum pipes are the most familiar and famous item.
The city of Eskisehir has a history going back thousands of years, and has been home to many civilizations, including the Hittites, Phrygians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans. So this is not only a geographical crossroads but a cultural melting pot. The old quarter of the city known as Odunpazari, and to locals as Yukari Mahalle or Hatap Pazari, is one of the districts where the Turks first settled after they began their conquest of the region in 1074. Legend relates that the first settlers chose the healthiest and airiest area to build their homes by hanging up shee'sg lungs in three places: Sarhöyük (the ancient Dorylaeion), Köprübasi, the site of thermal springs on the edge of the Porsuk River (the ancient Tembris), and Odunpazari on the hillside south of the city where there is thought to have been an earlier settlement in Roman and Byzantine times.