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    An ancient city.: Midas City....

    by Arkeolog Updated May 24, 2010

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    Midas City rock cut tomb

    One of the major Phrygian sites lies in the eastern outskirts of the Phrygian Highlands, in the area between Afyon and Eskiºehir. The ancient name of the site is unknown, but since the late 19th century it has been referred to by its nickname, "Midas City." W. M. Ramsay coined this label because the name of Midas was inscribed above a huge rock-cut façade at the site.
    Midas City. The Midas Monument is visible at center.
    Midas City is located on a comparatively low but very large outcropping formed of volcanic tuff. The site was excavated before and after the Second World War by the French Archaeological Institute in Istanbul, and again during the 1990s by the Eskiºehir Museum, which carried out rescue excavations and some restoration. The excavated architectural remains all belonged to a single settlement datable to the Achaemenid period, specifically, to the sixth through fourth centuries BCE. Since this settlement was built on the bedrock itself, there were no preserved structures of earlier settlements; yet there must have been a more prosperous settlement here during the Middle Phrygian period, especially the sixth century, because many of the rock-cut monuments at Midas City date to this period. Other discoveries at the site datable to the same time include decorated architectural terracottas, monumental statues, and imported painted pottery from Lydia and Greece. This was probably the most prosperous period at Midas City.
    Main step monument with double idol. Sited at the top of the fortress.
    There are an unusually large number of religious monuments at Midas City compared with other known Phrygian sites, and it is possible that the site functioned as a cultic center for the Phrygians in addition to being a regular settlement. The rock-cut monuments are of different types, such as façades, niches, stepped monuments, idols, and tombs. The largest and most impressive façade is the so-called Midas Monument, which can be seen from far away when approaching the site from Gordion. This façade, probably dating to the first half of the 6th century, measures more than 16 m in both height and width and is a rock-cut imitation of a Phrygian megaron. It has a low-pitched roof, probably imitating an actual tiled roof, which was crowned with a volute akroterion. The wall below carries geometric decoration – a series of polygonal forms in relief that give the facade the appearance of a labyrinth. Phrygian megarons may also have featured geometric decoration in the form of a wooden screen wall, and some of the excavated megarons at Gordion were once crowned with similar huge akroteria.
    The Midas Monument.
    The focal point of the Midas Monument is the niche shaped in the form of a door entrance. A dowel hole in the ceiling tells us that the niche once contained a statue, now missing, but almost certainly representing the Phrygian Mother Goddess. Above the façade on the rock wall itself is an Old Phrygian inscription indicating that a high priest (?) named Ates dedicated this monument to the King and Leader Midas.
    Stepped tunnel.
    Also cut from the rock are several tunnels with flights of steps situated along the borders of the outcropping. Two tunnels start from the plateau itself, while a system of interconnected tunnels is situated on the terrace below, on the southwestern side, but still inside the fortification system. The tunnels have not been completely excavated but they probably descend to water sources. One of their main purposes must have been to provide water to the settlement, which meant that the settlement would have had access to water in case of a siege.

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    A sightseeing boat tour on Porsuk River

    by Arkeolog Updated May 24, 2010

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    Boat on Porsuk

    Porsuk River offers nice sighseeing route for visitors of Eskisehir. Boats depart from opposite of Migros Market. Tour takes 15 minutes and costs 1,50 TL. During the tour you can see the streets and bridges. No audio guide system or guided tour. Also there are private tours and gondola tours during summer.

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    Eskisehir Contemporary Glass Art Museum

    by Arkeolog Written May 24, 2010

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    Eskisehir Contemporary Glass Art Museum

    In Odunpazari district you see a pink painted historical house with a central courtyard. This is house converted into a museum by university in Eskisehir and opened to public in 2007. You can see fine samples of contemporary glass art. Free of charge.

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    Visiting a Meerschaum Workshop

    by Arkeolog Updated May 24, 2010

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    Meerschaum Atelier

    In AtliHan-Odunpazari district- you can find many shops sell pipes, necklaces, earrings, thimbles, magnets even chess items all made of meerschaum(luletasi). Some of those shops have atelier. You can have chat with meerschaum artist and he can tell you how to carve that amazing stone.

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    Visiting the old part of Eskisehir "ODUNPAZARI"

    by hokomoko Written May 17, 2007

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    Odunpazari in Eskisehir Turkey
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    Recently restored streets and old mansions are attracting people here; also recently opened handicrafts, silver artifacts, and lule stone figurines and artifacts center can be very satisfactory place for visitors to check the pictures then have an opinion.-)

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  • Nargile

    by greatrussian Written Jul 4, 2003

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    A nargile is a water pipe, and while the cigarette reigns king of tobacco in Turkey, the nargile is very traditional. There is one place just off the Porsuk (the river that divides Eskisehir) that was nice, spacious with some view of the river. Go with friends, and be sure to start with the apple flavor (elma).

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  • In Eskisehir, there are many...

    by Yolcu Written Feb 25, 2003

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    In Eskisehir, there are many historical sites... I've not been to them all by a long shot... but an area you might just recognize from your 10th grade history book is a picture of the grand 'door' of the Phrygians... well over 2,000 yrs. old it is an empressive structure that few travelers to Turkey will ever think to look for.

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    VISITING MUSEUMS OF ESKISEHIR

    by Arkeolog Written Aug 24, 2002

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    ESKISEHIR MUSEUMS

    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.

    Seyitgazi Museum
    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.

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    Eskisehir and its City Statues

    by Arkeolog Updated May 26, 2010

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    when you start to explore city you can see many statues in Eskisehir. Gossiping Ladies, deer, horses, pilot, snail, turtle, girl on dolphin, girl on a fish, nymph, fisherman, lion etc

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    Boat and Gondola tour on Porsuk

    by Arkeolog Updated May 24, 2010

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    Sightseeing boat tour on Porsuk is a must do in Eskisehir. It is not unique but nice way to explore city

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    Before you start to explore Eskisehir

    by Arkeolog Updated May 24, 2010

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    Tourism Info Eskisehir

    Tourism Information Center provides good maps, brochures, magnets for free. It's located next to Republic Museum in Odunpazari district.

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    Enjoying the Bridges

    by Arkeolog Written May 24, 2010

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    There are about 20 bridges on the river of Porsuk. Those bridges are painted in different colours and some have statues such as fishermans, lions etc.

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    Visiting Atlihan

    by Arkeolog Written May 24, 2010

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    Atlihan Eskisehir

    Atlihan was built as an Ottoman inn in 1850's. It has a central court. Today you can see meerschaum shops -more than 20-, a restaurant, coffe shop, wc. ýt is a right address to buy meerschaum.

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    Porsuk River and its nice bridges by boat:2

    by hokomoko Written May 21, 2007

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    2 Eylul bridge with tram Eskisehir Turkey
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    You should get one of the river boats and get along the Porsuk river by passing below the nicely built bridges. have a look here on the pictures of the bridges:)

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    Porsuk River and its nice bridges by boat:1

    by hokomoko Written May 21, 2007

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    The Porsuk boat at pier Eskisehir Turkey
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    You should get one of the river boats and get along the Porsuk river by passing below the nicely built bridges. have a look here on the pictures of the bridges:)

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