Edirne City Center

Edirne has a very compact city center with some of the most impressive mosques in Turkey. It’s an easy and worthy day trip from Istanbul. This post will cover the sights in the city center that aren’t mosques.

The heart of the city center is the pedestrianized Saraçlar Caddesi. This is where locals come to unwind, shop, and grab a bite to eat. It also attracts shoppers coming over the border from Greece and Bulgaria.

Saraçlar Caddesi in Edirne, Turkey

Saraçlar Caddesi

Saraçlar Caddesi in Edirne, Turkey

Saraçlar Caddesi

Saraçlar Caddesi in Edirne, Turkey

Saraçlar Caddesi

Saraçlar Caddesi in Edirne, Turkey

Saraçlar Caddesi

Running along one side of Saraçlar Caddesi is a huge covered market, Ali Paşa Çarşısı. It was built in 1569.

Ali Paşa Carşısı in Edirne, Turkey

Ali Paşa Carşısı

If you stay overnight, you might be able to see the street all lit up at night.

Saraçlar Caddesi in Edirne, Turkey

Saraçlar Caddesi

Near Eski Camii sit the Bedesten Pazarı, a market built in the 15th century, and the Rüstem Paşa Kervansarayı, built in the 16th century. It’s now a hotel.

Bedesten Pazarı in Edirne, Turkey

Bedesten Pazarı

Rüstem Paşa Kervansarayı in Edirne, Turkey

Rüstem Paşa Kervansarayı

Across the street from Üç Şerefeli Camii is the Sokullu Hamamı, a 16th century Turkish bath that’s still in service.

Sokullu Hamamı in Edirne, Turkey

Sokullu Hamamı

Tucked away behind a few buildings, you’ll find the ruins of the ancient Roman city walls of Hadrianopolis. The foundation of a ruined Byzantine church is mixed in with the ruins.

City walls of Hadrianopolis in Edirne, Turkey

City walls of Hadrianopolis

City walls of Hadrianopolis in Edirne, Turkey

City walls of Hadrianopolis

Finally, next to the walls is a tower built in the 19th century called the Macedonian Tower, so named because it faces in the direction of the province of Macedonia in modern-day Greece. It served as a clock tower until 1956.

Macedonian Tower in Edirne, Turkey

Macedonian Tower

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