Macedonian castle’s tower and archeology park
Macedonian castle’s tower is still heritage from Edirne foundation times, when Roman Emperor Adrian decided to surround city by ramparts and towers. Nearby is so called “archeology park”, some remains of historical city wall.
The tower is called Macedonian due to fact that Macedonian region was located nearby. It is pleasant and silent place to sit and enjoy Edirne ancient remains.
Sokullu Turkish bath
The Ottoman style Turkish bath (also called as “hamami”) was built in 16th century. Architect of this public place was famous Mimar Sinan. The bath has two separate entrances for men and women.
Such type of baths were quite popular in Ottoman period, nowadays still some old buildings are used for the same purpose or as museums.
Uc Serefeli mosque
It is quite famous mosque in Edirne, mostly due to its architecture. Every minaret has different styles, and one minaret is with three balconies. Actually even the name of mosque literally means “Three balconies mosque”.
It was built in 1438 – 1447 during the reign of Murat II. For that time the way how mosque looked like was quite unusual. Some examples of its architecture later were copied by Mimar Sinan.
It was one of the most interesting Edirne buildings to me, probably due to different minarets.
Bayezid II mosque
This mosque is not only mosque, but also insane asylum, Turkish bath, medical school and so on. The famous building was constructed in 1484 – 1488 by architect Hayreddin. Place is intensively domed and that’s why it is different from other mosques.
In former medical school nowadays museum of medicine is housed, as I heard it is very interesting and internationally nominated (haven’t visited it).
Mimar Sinan sculpture
Mimar Sinan is probably the most famous architect in Turkey. He was thinking that Selimiye mosque is the most valuable work by him, so probably it is quite symbolic to see his statue in front of this mosque.
His lifetime was 1490 – 1588. At young ages he participated in battles with Janissaries, had opportunity to see lots of different (especially Eastern style) architecture.
He modeled more than 100 mosques (let say, Blue mosque or Suleimaniye mosque in Istanbul), 35 baths, more than 30 palaces, and so on.
Sahabeddin Pasha mosque
It is miniatiure mosque not so far from high Selimiye temple. The structure was built in 1437, still in times when Edirne was a capital. Entering the yard you could see neglect muslim graves.
Such small mosques is quite frequent in Edirne center, but most of them are not siginificant.
Edirne ethnographic and archeologal museum
The museum is located just on a backside of Selimiye mosque, seems it functions in a new building. The museum, showing prehistoric and Roman, Greek, Bizantine things was opened in 1971. Nearby museum there is cemetery with interesting Muslim graves.
I guess it is the main museum of Edirne region.
Arasta market is located just near Selimiye mosque; its collider could be used as an entrance to mosque’s inner yard. Here is a wide variety of Turkish souvenirs, including special things from Edirne region, as vegetable and fruit looking soaps.
Arasta market was built as a support of Selimiye mosque in Murat III reign time (1574 – 1595).
Bedesten is a covered market in the central part of Edirne. It was constructed in 1417 – 1418 by Sultan Mehmet. At first it was used as a part of nearby Eski mosque (as most of main mosques it also had market nearby).
It is known that interior was so rich, that it needed to be guarded by sixty people. Nowadays it is also used as market, just bigger one than Arasta.
Meric bridge is longer (about 260 meters) than nearby Tunca, due to wide Meric river flow. Bridge was constructed in 1842 – 1847.
Actually I haven’t crosses that bridge, but in the other part of Meric there are some sightseeing places as well (Lausanne Memorial, so on).
The mosque with its name “Eski” (old) is actually oldest Ottoman building in Edirne. This shrine was constructed in 1403 – 1414 (architect Haci Alaaddin). May it look not so impressive from outside, but interior is quite nice one, filled with Turkish calligraphy, but more modest than newer Muslim temples.
Mosque is still from times, when Edirne was a capital of Ottoman Empire before Istanbul.
Selimiye mosque is the best work of famous architect Mimar Sinan, as well as symbol of that time Ottoman Empire. Also it is famous for a fact its minarets are second highest in the World (after Qutb Minar mosque in Delhi, India).
Mosque is rich in architectural details, having big cupola, symbolic number of windows (999). It is for sure the most visited place in Edirne, also having Arasta market nearby and wide square.
The place nowadays is used as cultural center, but from 15th century it was used as inn, quite spacious one, with about 30 rooms. Later, from middle of 19th century it served as a prison.
It is one of the oldest buildings in Edirne that has quite nice inner yard.
Ekmecizade Ahmet (or Tuncu) bridge was built in 1608 – 1615. It has 10 arches. Actually after some floods it was damaged, and in 2008 after repair works it is could be used again.
Tunca bridge, as most of old bridges in Edirne, is quite narrow, probably used for horse carriages in old times. Nowadays it is possible to drive car two directions, but here is very small area for people to walk.
The City of Edirne
Edirne is worth visiting just for the city itself, which in general has very nice buildings and is very attractive even aside from the major sites such as Selimiye Camii. The whole centre of the city is worth exploring. One significant street is Saraclar Caddesi, a busy shopping street that goes straight into the heart of the city.
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