18 Must-Visit Attractions in Edirne

Edirne | © KLMircea/Flickr
Edirne | © KLMircea/Flickr
Once the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Edirne is full of stunning structures that speak of its rich past as the main seat of a once powerful empire. From mosques to museums, the famed vineyards of Thrace to the city’s famous oil wrestling festival, here are all the sights you have to visit whilst in Edirne.

Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Festival

Held annually since 1346, wrestlers from all over Turkey train all year to take part in the major Kırkpınar tournament that lasts for three days and declares the başpehlivan (champion) with a golden belt.


Past the historic bridge, this area was once the location of Sultan Murat II’s Old Palace, which was built in the 15th century, Sarayiçi is now the home of the Kırkpınar stadium as well as the rebuilt kitchens where Ottoman palace cuisine began.

Fatih Cephanelik Köprüsü, 22000

Arcadia Vineyards

Turkey’s historic Thrace area is now home to some of its best boutique vineyards and Arcadia is one of the major standouts, abiding to sustainable viticulture with low intervention.

Hamitabat Köyü, 39750 Çeşmekolu Köyü/Lüleburgaz, Kırklareli

Grand Synagogue of Edirne

Grand Synagogue Edirne
Grand Synagogue Edirne | © CeeGee/Wikimedia Commons
Edirne was once home to more than 20,000 Sephardic Jews and this synagogue, built in 1906 and reopened after a five-year restoration project, is a truly stunning reminder.
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Edirne’s old city, Kaleiçi is full of beautiful timber houses dating back to the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, some of which have been restored, such as the beautiful Mihram Hanım Konağı.

Dilaverbey Mahallesi, Dilaver Bey Mah. Gazipasa Cad. No:30 Kaleici, 22100 Edirne

Museum of Health

Set within the Sultan Beyazıt Mosque, the former Ottoman hospital now features a museum displaying the history of Islamic medicine including the story of innovative treatments via mannequins in traditional Ottoman era doctor’s garb.

Yeniimaret Mahallesi, 22000 Edirne Merkez, Edirne

Üç Şerefeli Mosque

Quite the majestic sight in Edirne’s town center, Üç Şerefeli was commissioned by Sultan Murat II between 1437 and 1447 and gets its name from the three balconies within the tallest minaret.
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Sultan Beyazıt II Mosque

Built between 1484 and 1488, the Sultan Beyazid II Mosque was commissioned by none other than Sultan Beyazid II himself and stands a little way outside the city right by the Tunca River, with a beautiful courtyard complete with a fountain.
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Mimar Sinan Statue

The chief architect and civil engineer of the Ottoman Empire, Mimar Sinan built 300 major structures and this statue in Edirne is a homage to a man whose apprentices would later help design the Taj Mahal.

Meydan Mahallesi 22020 Edirne Merkez, Edirne

Selimiye Foundation Museum

Another attraction within the huge Selimiye Mosque complex, this museum has a collection of art and artifacts from mosques in and around Edirne.

Meydan Mahallesi 22020 Edirne Merkez, Edirne

Barbare Vineyard

An essential visit for wine enthusiasts, Barbare has excellent red wines and its rural atmosphere is a welcome break from city life.

Karaağaçlık Mevkii, 59000 Merkez, Süleymanpaşa, Tekirdağ

Kırkpınar Evi

If you had the chance to attend the Kırkpınar Festival, then you should definitely check out this small museum which displays the story of the historic tournament including press clippings and photographs.

Dilaverbey Mahallesi, Balık Pazarı Cd. No:27, 22020 Edirne Merkez, Edirne

Edirne Turkish and Islamic Art Museum

Located within the Selimiye Mosque’s courtyard, this small house displays a beautiful collection of Ottoman era calligraphy, weapons, ceramics, glass, costumes, woodwork, and jewelry.

Meydan Mahallesi, Zehrimar Cami Sok., 22020 Edirne Merkez, Edirne

Edirne Archeology and Ethnography Museum

Behind the Selimiye Mosque you’ll find this museum, exhibition highlights include wooden objects that showcase the Ottoman era Edirnekâri lacquering technique, carpets, textiles, calligraphy, and jewelry.

Abdurrahman Mahallesi, 1 Yore Dergisi Sayi: 12, 22100 Edirne Merkez, Edirne

Janissary Gravestones

Also located within the Selimiye Mosque complex, this special cemetery has the graves of many members of the elite Ottoman Janissary.

Meydan Mahallesi 22020 Edirne Merkez, Edirne

Muradiye Mosque

Built between 1426 and 1436, the Muradiye Mosque stands out with its orante Iznik tiles and unusual cupola as well as the fact that it used to have a Sufi lodge.
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