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.
Running along one side of Saraçlar Caddesi is a huge covered market, Ali Paşa Çarşısı. It was built in 1569.
If you stay overnight, you might be able to see the street all lit up at night.
Across the street from Üç Şerefeli Camii is the Sokullu Hamamı, a 16th century Turkish bath that’s still in service.
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.
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.