The centerpiece of Edirne is the UNESCO World Heritage listed Selimiye Camii. Considered one of the most important architectural achievements in Islam, this mosque can be seen from just about every vantage point in the city.
Selimiye Camii was built between 1568 and 1574 by the renowned Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan, and it’s his masterpiece. It was commissioned by Sultan Selim II and has the second-tallest minarets in the world.
The mosque has a dome larger than Hagia Sophia. Unlike other mosques built in the same period, it has only one gigantic central dome rather than several small domes and half-domes. To allow for natural light to enter, there are 999 windows in total.
The interior of the mosque is unique because it’s possible to see the mihrab from anywhere inside.
In front of the mosque is a long covered market called the Arasta Çarşısı. Inside you can find several different types of souvenirs including Edirne’s famous fruit soaps. Behind the mosque is an Ottoman tombstone exhibition that is clearly marked “not a cemetery”. A monument to Mimar Sinan sits in the corner of a large park facing Selimiye Camii.