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.

Sarayiçi

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