Odunpazari Historical Urban Site

Odunpazari Historical Urban Site

Odunpazarı, literally "firewood market" in Turkish, is one of the central districts of Eskişehir. During the Dorylaion War in 1097, I.Izzeddin Kilicarslan encamped in Odunpazari which later resulted in the establishment of a new settlement at Eskisehir, Turkey. The "Odunpazari Historical Urban Site" is located at the northern slope of a series of hills which makes it distinctive to other areas within Eskisehir that are all flat.

Odunpazari Historical Urban Site

Odunpazari includes historical artifacts from the Seljuk, Ottoman, and Turkish Republic periods of time; including Alaadin mosque (1271), Kursunlu Mosque Complex (1525), and Haci Hasan Mosque (13th century). The Kursunlu Mosque complex in Eskisehir today includes the world's only Meerschaum Museum, which houses beautiful meerschaum artwork.

The traditional Turkish architecture of the konaks reflects family life and traditions from the past. Fountains are also another important source for establishing traditional patterns in Turkish neighborhoods and social relationships.

'Odunpazari Historical Urban Site' is one of the few examples in Turkey that have been built solely by Turks. It's an urban workspace with a great amount of preserved Turkish architecture and an open-air museum where you can view the traditional time-honored Turkish townquarter structure. One of Turkey's landmarks, Odunpazari Historical Urban Site, is on the Tentative List for inclusion in the World Heritage List.