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Four Reasons Why Edirne is The Best City to Visit

Posted on 05 January 2019 by admin (0)

Do you like visiting Turkey? A lot of people do. The word itself elicits traveling urges to many. There are diverse places you can visit and learn history in this remarkable city. Edirne was known initially as Adrianople, and as the word denotes, it was founded by the Romans. There are no longer Romans influences here; even the name has changed. If you like visiting places where the Ottoman Empire had control, you will find Edirne captivating. The following sites will make your visit memorable.

The Selimiye Mosque

An Ottoman architect called Minar Koca Sinan designed this mosque in 1569. It is so spectacular that it is already a world heritage site. It features a 71-meter tall minaret competing with the Istanbul’s Aya Sofya.  The highest point of Edirne city is in this mosque. You can find many visitors in its court. The majority (not surprising) are tourists. This monument is the best place to study Ottoman Empire in Edirne.

The Health Museum of Edirne

You might not know, but medieval medicine was as effective as modern medicine-or maybe better. The beautiful Edirne Darussifa (hospital) and its medical school (Medressesi) will fill you with wonder. If you think medicine started in the West, you are very wrong. You can learn a lot about the origin of Islamic medicine in this museum. Study the innovative and scientific sound treatment invented by medieval doctors as early as 1400 AD. To cap it all, you will be amazed by how the doctors and patients wore when you see the mannequins dressed like doctors and patients in the Ottoman Era. It is so sad that you will not get a medieval specialist here.

The Macho Sport of Edirne

If you happen to be in Turkey in late June (you should try), do not fail to visit Edirne. Many converses here in late June and early July to enjoy testosterone charging annual macho game. It all started in 1363 when Sultan Orhan Gazi wanted to conquer Domuz, a Byzantine fortress. All the forty soldiers he sent were professional wrestlers. They challenge each other and two were equally strong. These two continued wrestling for days. There was no clear winner because they both dropped dead one day during competition. Do not worry; you will see no dead wresters in the game.

The Sultan Beyazit Mosque

At the banks of the Tunca River is a splendid monument to behold. The Sultan Beyazit Mosque is a spectacular building which was built in 1484 AD. It is not just a mosque; it has travelers hostel, an asylum, a medical school, and a hospital. Compared with today’s buildings, you can say it is one gigantic mall. You can walk to this complex from the city center.


Edirne charm is in its history. You can learn a lot of ancient values and activities by a single visit to this Turkish city. Like all cities where Ottoman Empire thrived, Edirne will amaze you due to its many iconic monuments.