Things to Know

Edirne is a gateway to western European countries in Thrace. Located between Bulgarian, Greek and Turkish borders, this beautiful city has many mosques, elegant domes and minarets that dominate the panoramic appearance of Turkey's province. Edirne was once capital of the Ottoman Empire (1416- 1453) until Constantinople was conquered by Mehmet II from Istanbul.


Edirne, formerly known as Adrianople (named after Roman Emperor Hadrian) and later the capital of the Ottoman Empire until 1453, has architectural items from both periods.


Edirne consists of various attractions worth seeing, including Selimiye Mosque built by the Architect Mimar Sinan and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011. Other notable places include Eski Mosque, Üç Şerefeli Mosque, Enez Ancient City, Edirne Archaeology and Ethnography Museum, inns; Turkish baths and palaces; and 10 historical bridges of the city.


Places to Visit in Edirne