Just a short-day trip away from İstanbul to the west of Turkey, close to the borders of Greece and Bulgaria; Edirne can be both a city break from İstanbul and a trip in and of itself. It’s a fascinating city and well worth the time to explore!
Edirne was historically known as Adrianople, or ‘‘City of Hadrian’’, named after the Roman Emperor who founded the city on the site of Uskudama, a previous Thracian village. The city later became the capital of the Ottoman Empire, from 1369 until 1453.
As a gate of Anatolia to the Balkans and Europe, Edirne has a rich variety of historical and cultural attractions. The city that served as the capital of the Ottoman Empire; it is adorned with historical monuments such as inns, mosques, bridges and bazaars. The traces of the city’s remarkable past can be seen in these works.