Edirne Tour

Description

Edirne served as the third capital city of the Ottoman Empire from 1365 to 1453, before Constantinople (Istanbul) became the empire's final capital. Discover this historic city where a lot of mosques (Eski Camii, Üç Serefeli Camii, Selimiye Mosque, Beyazit Kulliyesi), hamams (baths), bridges, covered bazaars (Arasta Covered Bazaar), towers were left behind. To join our tour your driver will pick you up at 8:30 from your hotel. 

Inclusions - Exclusions

Includes

Pick up from your hotel (Only from Sultanahmet and Taksim Hotels)

Museum fees

Professional guidance (regular group tour in English only (please ask for other languages)

Drop off to hotel at the end

Excludes

Lunch & Drinks

Personal Expenses

Anything unless specified

 

 

Themes

History / Architecture / Religion / Markets / Bazaar 

Features

*A minimum of 6 participants is required to operate the tour. The return to Istanbul is around 19.00-20.00 and after you will be transferred to your hotel.

Places Visited

Eski Camii
Üç Serefeli Camii
Selimiye Mosque
Arasta Covered Bazaar
Kule Kapisi (12 C Tower Gate)
Beyazit Kulliyesi

Departure Dates

Everyday (book in advance)

Detailed Itinerary

The tour will start around 8:30, when we pick you up from the hotel. After a 3 hours drive we will reach Edirne and you will see: 

Eski Camii
Is a beautiful mosque built between 1402 and 1414 with materials like cut stone and brick. İt’s inside is quite impressive with its white marble portal and huge pillars. You can also observe the decorative calligraphy on the interior walls and pillars.

Üç Serefeli Camii
This mosque has the particularity of having all the minarets with different designs, because the minarets were the most important part of the construction of a mosque in the 15th century. İt’s interior also has some interesting details and its name (Üç = three) comes from the three balconies on the southeast part.

Selimiye Mosque
This incredible mosque was considered by Sinan to be his masterpiece and it is also known as one of the highest achievements of Islamic architecture. Built for Selim II, is between 1566 and 1574 this is one of those iconic places that you don’t want to miss.

By this time we will have a lunch break.

Arasta Covered Bazaar
This long tunnel (about 300 meters), built in 1589, hosts several shops and it’s a kind of a small bazaar. İn the old times this bazaar was used to sell cheap shoes but nowadays you can find some of Edirne's specialties: soap shaped like fruit or vegetables.

Kule Kapisi (12 C Tower Gate)
What we can see what remains from the tower which once protected the principal gate of the city. It was rebuilt by the Byzantine emperor John Comnenus II (1118-43) as part of his repair of the Hadrianic defensive system.

Beyazit Kulliyesi
This is the largest mosque complex in Edirne. The complex had a mosque and a hospital which was known for the skills of its surgeons. In the octagonal, domed hospice the mentally ill were treated with a musical therapy.

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