Home
Welcome

Please select your city:


Username
Password
Remember
Click here to register
Forgot Password?
     
Move to Turkey
Relocation Companies
Where To Stay
Hotels, Aparts, Suites
Learn Turkish
Instructors, Courses

Member interviews
What about yours?
Lisa from Kadıköy
Sarah from Sisli
Claudia from Fenerbahce
Nilgün from Suadiye
Aaron from Çekmeköy

From Members' Pen
Members' columns
Be a Correspondent
A Weekend Escape to Edirne
Siirt in Istanbul
Lemon Cheesecake
A Visit to Aya Yorgi and Heybeliada
Angelique´s Latest Trips
Advertisement Advertise here/Buraya reklam verin

Forums
Moving to Turkey
Relocation
Law & Legal
Health
Money affairs
Vehicles (Cars, boats, motocycles etc)
Communications, electronics, media
Children / Les enfants
Pets
Turkish Language
Tourism / Travel / Sightseeing
Educational Topics


e-coupons

Free newsletter

Your Name

Your Email

We will send regular newsletters to our members who have signed up for receiving it during the registration. In 'mymerhaba' newsletter, our editorial staff provides updates, with regard to any information related to places worth visiting, viewing, or otherwise worth knowing, for those who care to know more....

A Weekend Escape to Edirne

by Meral Üstün

We decided to have a weekend visit to Edirne, the capital of the Ottoman Empire before Istanbul. Edirne is situated in the northwest of Turkey and has borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Although it is a small border town Edirne is a living museum with its mosques, bridges, and caravanserais.

Edirne is 235 km away from Istanbul and you can reach there with a two-hour comfortable drive via TEM highway. Arzum Pansiyon, which we found through  the internet and where we chose to stay, is located just behind Selimiye Mosque. It is a small but clean and comfortable lodge. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV and wireless. They do not serve breakfast which we were glad about, since we did not have any intention on having breakfast at the hotel. The banks of the Meriç river offer several delicious breakfast places.

Selimiye Mosque is the symbol of Edirne.  Carrying the name of the then reigning Sultan Selim II,  the Mosque was built by famous architect Sinan.  Architect Sinan finished the construction in 1575, when he was 85 and  considered Selimiye Mosque to be his “master piece”.  Its huge dome is even higher than that of Hagia Sophia. Selimiye Mosque is the crown of Edirne with its simple but glorious existence.  UNESCO added Selimiye Mosque and its social complex to its World Heritage List on June 27, 2011.

In addition, Eski Camii (Old Mosque) which is located near Selimiye Mosque, is the oldest Ottoman structure in Edirne and was built in 1414. Old Mosque is famous for its distinctive architecture and for calligraphic inscriptions of Koranic verses adorning the interior.

It is not only the mosques that come to mind when we mention Edirne but the Meriç River running through the city and its branches Tunca and Arda. Restaurants and cafes lining the banks of Meriç became our indispensible venues for breakfast, as well as for lunch and dinner.

Fried liver ( tava ciğer) is a definite must-try when you are in Edirne. Aydın Tava Çiğercisi is located in the city center and immediately attracts attention with the queue in front of it. The portion was gigantic and our lunch was turned into a feast with cotton-soft liver served  with hot dried and crunchy pepper.  If you don’t like liver because of its smell, you can be sure you won’t event sense it in Edirne Liver.

Karaağaç, the only Turkish territory on the west of the Meriç and Pazarkule border crossing are two places worth paying a visit. Two Ottoman bridges connect Karaağaç to downtown. The old Main Train Station of Edirne, built by famous architect Mimar Kemalletin, is now serving as the Rectorate of Trakya University. It is placed in a pleasant garden and is open to the public. Karaağaç is a cozy town with its houses, some charming mansions, cafes and nature.

We also visited Beyazit II Complex (II. Beyazıt Külliyesi). The Complex is among the most important structures in Edirne and is located  on the bank of the Tunca River. Beyazıt II Complex includes a mosque, hospital, medrese (theological school), kitchen and store rooms and is spread over a wide area.   Beyazit ll, the son of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, had this complex built between 1484-1488. The construction is a very impressive sight with over 100 domes covering the comlex. The historical complex was added into the structure of Trakya University and was converted into a “Health Museum” in 1997.  The museum has several awards including  “World Museum Award”.

Traditional Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling is among the most important activities in Edirne and will celebrate its 650th anniversary on July 4-10, 2011. A green meadow called Sarayiçi, where old Edirne Palace was located, is the site of the Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Contests. This is the most prestigious wrestling tournament in Turkey and the winner is titled “baş pehlivan” (chief of all wrestlers) of the year. Performances of the Janissary Band, local and foreign folk-dance groups, concerts, turn Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling into a festival.

The ruins of the Old Ottoman Palace and Adalet Kulesi   (Justice Tower) the only complete remnant of the palace are also located in Sarayiçi. The hunting lodge of Mehmet the IV, is on the forest path near Sarayiçi and  has been converted into a country coffee house. We enjoyed sipping coffee under the shade of the tall trees.

Traditional Edirne souvenirs include fruit-shaped soaps, Badem Ezmesi - Marzipan (a soft cookie-like dessert made of bitter almond), straw baskets and brooms with mirrors. It may sound a bit strange to buy brooms; however, Edirne has a long tradition of broom making and miniature brooms decorated with mirrors and embroidery (traditionally given to young girls as a dowry)  can be found at gift  stores around the city.

Unfortunately we could not find any Edirnekari in souvenir shops. Edirnekari is  a decorative art of wood painting peculiar to Edirne.  However we had the opportunity to see the best examples in Selimiye Mosque.

If you want to spend a pleasant weekend .... I recommend that you visit Edirne.

Some Useful Addresses:
Arzum Pansiyon (behind Selimiye Mosque car parking lot)
0284  213 1334

Bizim Bahçe Breakfast:
0284 223 8090 (en route to Karaağaç)

Edirne Öğretmenevi Yazlık Bahçesi
0284 212 0168 (Meriç bank)

Aydın Tava Ciğercisi Tahmis Çarşısı No:12

Lalezar Restaurant 0284 223 0600  (en route to Karaağaç)




A Weekend Escape to Edirne
Siirt in Istanbul
Lemon Cheesecake
A Bus Tour to Antakya
A Food Trip to Antakya
A Jazz Night in Ankara
A Visit to Aya Yorgi and Heybeliada
Afternoon at Camlica
Ah Istanbul!
Alanya Properties
Angelique's Ankara
Angelique´s Latest Trips
Breathwork Therapy
Cheap Shopping in Istanbul
Çiçekli Bahçe Motel
Defining Feng Shui
Dinner at Ortaköy
Driving to Fethiye from England
Flying Broom by Sara
How to Maximize Your Rental Potential
Golf in Bodrum and More
Gümüşlük - Bodrum
Gündogan - Bodrum
Kathy's Thomas
Letter from Istanbul
Living in Çıralı
Moments from the Summer
Ms. Who's Apollon Temple
Mystery Solved
Pastoral Life in Yaniklar Village
Reiki
Remmick's Watch Repairer
Smiley's Blacksea
The Blue City of Ms. Who
The Pomegranate - A Gift from Heaven
The Three Graces
The Warm Heart of a Megapolis
Thousand Years of Culture
Turkish Delight
Vacation in Fethiye
Your Property in Turkey not Selling
Birsen's Horizons
Fred's Trip Logs
Bahar's Views on...
Business World
From Members' Pen
Interviews with Members
Moms & Kids Corner
Pets with Dr. Demirel
The archives of The Guide
The Archives of Turkishtime
Teen's world

Would you like to add your comment about this article? Click here!


Editor's Picks

Dried Fruit Shops Small shops called Kuruyemişçi are found throughout town and in each neighborhood. more...

How to tip Here are some clues on tipping in Turkey... Who to tip and how much? more...

Alexandre Vallaury - Architect Alexandre Vallaury was born into a Levantine family in İstanbul in 1850. Apart from the years he spent on architecture education in Paris, he lived in İstanbul for the rest of his life. more...

Catholic Churches in Istanbul The list of Catholic Churches serving in Istanbul. more...

Nahıl Store, Istanbul December is the month of gifts…Nahıl at Beyoğlu offers you unique handicrafts and interesting objects and products. more...

Kartalkaya Kartalkaya ski resort is located southeast of Bolu, in the North west of Turkey in the pic-turesque pine forests of Köroğlu mountains. more...


Latest Articles
Classical Guitar Festival
Kadıköy Walk - Audio Tour
Istanbul Tulip Festival
XJAZZ Festival 2017
Ankara Music Festival
Istanbul Film Festival
ODTÜ Sanat 18
Filmmor 2017
Akbank Short Film Festival
Istanbul Music Festival






 

From Members' Pen
A Weekend Escape to Edirne
Siirt in Istanbul
Lemon Cheesecake
A Bus Tour to Antakya
A Food Trip to Antakya
A Jazz Night in Ankara
A Visit to Aya Yorgi and Heybeliada
Afternoon at Camlica
Ah Istanbul!
Alanya Properties
Angelique's Ankara
Angelique´s Latest Trips
Breathwork Therapy
Cheap Shopping in Istanbul
Çiçekli Bahçe Motel
Defining Feng Shui
Dinner at Ortaköy
Driving to Fethiye from England
Flying Broom by Sara
How to Maximize Your Rental Potential
Golf in Bodrum and More
Gümüşlük - Bodrum
Gündogan - Bodrum
Kathy's Thomas
Letter from Istanbul
Living in Çıralı
Moments from the Summer
Ms. Who's Apollon Temple
Mystery Solved
Pastoral Life in Yaniklar Village
Reiki
Remmick's Watch Repairer
Smiley's Blacksea
The Blue City of Ms. Who
The Pomegranate - A Gift from Heaven
The Three Graces
The Warm Heart of a Megapolis
Thousand Years of Culture
Turkish Delight
Vacation in Fethiye
Your Property in Turkey not Selling

Focus On
Birsen's Horizons
Fred's Trip Logs
Bahar's Views on...
Business World
From Members' Pen
Interviews with Members
Moms & Kids Corner
Pets with Dr. Demirel
The archives of The Guide
The Archives of Turkishtime
Teen's world




Rhythm of Town

Events calendar
Valentine's Day
Istanbul Live
This Weekend in Istanbul
Ankara Live
This Weekend in Ankara
Social Clubs in Ankara
Restaurants and Cafes in Istanbul
Restaurants and Cafes in Ankara
Sightseeing in Istanbul
Sightseeing in Ankara
Various Discoveries
Best of...
Art and Culture in Istanbul
Art & Culture in Ankara
For Kids - Istanbul
For Kids - Ankara
Hobbies Istanbul
Hobbies Ankara
Sports
Biletix System
Films on cnbc-e


Turkeywide

Turkish Ruins
Mount Ararat Trek
Seeing the Truth
Filmmor 2017
XJAZZ Festival 2017
In Other Cities
Baksı Museum
It´s Time to Take Pictures!!
Photo of the Month
Inside Out in Istanbul
Sand Sculpture Festival
Mandatory Health Insurance for Expats
Impossible Fairies - Out Now
Istanbul Contemporary Cuisine
Changes on Work Permit
New Year
Turkey's TOP 10s
Summer-house
Anzac Day
İzmir Wild Life Park
Antalya State Opera and Ballet - March
Izmir State Opera and Ballet - March
Registration of Canadians Abroad
News From The Expat Harem
Latest Amendments in Land Registry Law


Events Calendar

<< Apr 2017 >>
Su
Mo
Tu
We
Th
Fr
Sa
 1
 2
 3
 4
 5
 6
 7
 8
 9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

Shopping
Shopping in Istanbul
Shopping in Ankara
Product showcase
Shopping corner

Weather

Istanbul

Ankara



Advertising/Reklam
Add "mymerhaba" to my favorites | make "mymerhaba" my homepage
About "mymerhaba"
| Thanks to | Contact Us | Links | FAQ
copyright "mymerhaba" All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
This site is best viewed with Internet Explorer 5 or greater with minimum 800*600 resolution

powered by IDserv
Website Security Test