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West of Istanbul: Edirne and Kiyiköy

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A December 2005 trip to Edirne by Marianne

Seliyimi Mosque, Edirne Photo, Edirne, Turkey More Photos
Quote: The European part of Turkey is mostly overlooked by travellers as they head straight for Istanbul. A 2-day stay in Edirne is more than justified. The city is like an open-air museum, with some 20 mosques, covered bazaars, hamams, and beautifully restored wooden houses.

West of Istanbul: Edirne and Kiyiköy

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Seliyimi Mosque, Edirne Photo, Edirne, Turkey
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The region west of Istanbul is Thrace, and geographically it is in Europe. It is less "Turkish," less exotic than Asian Turkey. In many ways, it reminds of Balkan countries. When Atatürk established the Turkish Republic (1922), a grand-scale population exchange between Greeks and Turks followed. This population transfer was used to resolve the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922). It was agreed that the Turkish inhabitants of Greece moved to Turkey and the Greek inhabitants of Turkey to Greece. This may be one of the reasons why Thrace feels less Turkish. The highways from Istanbul to Edirne follow Via Egnatia, the Roman road that connected Rome with Istanbul. Rivers had to be s...Read More

Genç Hotel

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Genç Hotel Photo, Edirne, Turkey
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Genç Hotel Cumhuriyet Caddesi Opposite Atatürk Parki near the West Gate Kiyiköy The bus from Istanbul via Saray stops in front of Atatürk Parki and the tea garden. Genç Hotel is opposite the bus stop, a three-storey building with blue tiles. The owner, Mr Genç, speaks good German. He worked in Germany for many years and has now retired. We were here in April. The season had not started yet, and we were the only guests. It is a large hotel with 20 rooms, all of them different sizes. There are also two family rooms. They consist of two separate rooms, four beds in one room and one (or more if you ask) collapsible beds in the other. All rooms have double ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2005

Genç Hotel
Cumhuriyet Caddesi
Edirne , Turkey

Anil Hotel

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Anil Hotel Photo, Edirne, Turkey
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Edirne, or Adrianopolis, was the Ottoman capital. These days, it is the capital of Thrace, the European part of Turkey. The city is like an open-air museum: some 20 mosques, covered bazaars, hamams, and beautifully restored wooden houses. But there is also a synagogue, a Greek church, a Christian cemetery, and many Greek-looking buildings. Most hotels are right in the centre and within walking distance of all the monuments. To our surprise, hotels in Edirne were more expensive than in Istanbul. Rüstempasha Kervansaray Hotel, İki Kapılıhan No.57 (right in the centre; no address is needed, as everyone knows where it is), i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 5, 2005

Anil Hotel
Hatuniye Caddesi 4
Edirne, Turkey
631 1830

One if the many mosques in Edirnw Photo, Edirne, Turkey
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Thrace is the area west of Istanbul and the only Turkish province in Europe. It is traversed by the toll road from Istanbul to Edirne (250km). This is an ancient road that follows the Via Egnatia. (This Roman military highway stretched across Macedonia and Thrace and served to link Rome with its eastern provinces). FROM ISTANBUL TO KIKIÖY Buses to Turkish Thrace leave from Esenler Otogar (bus station), some 10km northwest of central Istanbul. We went to the Esenler Bus station by Light Railway and got off at Otogar (not at Essenler). Kiyikoy is a Black Sea coastal village. The...Read More

Kiyiköy: Village on the Black Sea

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Beach Shack Photo, Edirne, Turkey
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Kiyiköy looks promising on the map. First of all, it is on the Black Sea coast. Secondly, it is a small dot - so it must be a small village - and only 60km west of Istanbul. When we got to Kiyiköy, the village was even better than it had looked on the map. It is situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Black Sea. Once it was a walled citadel, but these days, only two city gates are left. Kiyiköy is a small village, and in an hour, we had been everywhere. We stopped to admire the old, half-timbered houses, but many are uninhabited and in serious disrepair. These days the inhabitants live in modern, concrete houses. Next we went to the West Gate and took the ...Read More

EDIRNE: 1-Day Itinerary

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Health Museum, Edirne Photo, Edirne, Turkey
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EDIRNE: One-day Itinerary MORNING: Start your day with a visit to Selimiyi Mosquein Dilaver parki. This park is easy to find, as it is right in the centre, and beside the mosque's four slender, 70m-tall minarets are beacons from wherever you are in the city. At the entrance of the park, you will see the statue of Mimar Sinan. He was the court architect to three sultans, and the Selimiyi Mosque, built in the 16th century, was his masterpiece. He wanted to build a dome higher and wider than the dome of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. With a diameter of 31.5m, the Selimiyi dome is just a few centimetre wider, one of the mosque's wardens told me proudly....Read More

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Marianne

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Eindhoven, Netherlands

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