Edirne - the gateway to Turkey

When you'll come to Turkey overland from Bulgaria or Greece, the first city you'll visit will be Edirne. Quite nice and calm city situated on the border between Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey was in history very importamt strategic point.


Edirne - the gateway to Turkey

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Selimiye Camii
Bazaar
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Bazaar

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The bazaar in Edirne is not like other bazaars in Turkey. It's more European. It is no wonder, since Edirne is the biggest city in the European part of Turkey. The bazaar in Edirne is comprised of a few streets and buildings with roofs where people sell their goods. It is a good place for having your first kebab in Turkey.

There's also a bazaar with candies, cakes and other sweets and confectioneries under the Selimiye Camii (Selimiye mosque) which is well worth a visit. You can find there famous Turkish honey and other strange but tasty things.

Selimye Camii

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People say that Selimye Camii, or Selimiye mosque, is the biggest mosque in the Islamic world. Whether it is truth or no I do not know. The fact is that Selimiye is really monumental. It is interesting for a few reasons.

First we have to say that Selimiye is a copy of Blue mosque in Sultanahmet, Istanbul. It is made by the same architect, whose name I forgot. But to me Selimiye was more beautiful.

Second there's quite a funny story about its windows. The myth is that it has exactly 999 windows because of sultan's command. The architect wanted to build exactly 1000 windows on the mosque, but after saying this to the sultan he said that it is not possible. 1000 windows was too much. Sultan said that people will not be able to remember such a great number so it had to have fewer windows. So the architect built 999 windows and everything was okay. People were able to remember that number and it was nearly 1000.

Third we have to say something about minarets of Selimiye Camii. These are said to be the sheerest in the world. And they are very very high. And the wonder is that in each of them there are three distinct stairways. Each minaret has three balconies and there's one stairway for each. It was made so because muezzins, when going up to the minaret to sing their prayers, were not allowed to meet each other. So everyone had his own stairway.

And the last reason for visiting Selimiye is that for me, it was the most beautiful mosque in Turkey.
Selimiye Camii (Selimiye Mosque)
Centre Of The City
Edirne, Turkey

Muesins

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In Selimiye Camii you can meet authentic muezzins singing their prayers. Everyone who knows how
these guys sing has to say that they are pretty good at it. They are able to hold one tone
for about three minutes and some of them say maybe longer. We met one who sang in that way in
Selimiye Camii in Edirne. And it was great. I recommend it to you...
Selimiye Camii (Selimiye Mosque)
Centre Of The City
Edirne, Turkey

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