Top Places for Art and Cultural Activities in Edirne

A trip to Edirne cannot be complete without understanding its rich heritage. The art and cultural activities in Edirne will give you an insight into the city's history, traditions, and artwork. While visiting the cultural attractions in Edirne would prove to be informative, attending its artsy events will leave you entertained. From cultural performances to historical monuments that give you a glimpse of the past, take a look at this list to know Edirne better. Include these in attractions in your itinerary for Edirne and have a great vacation.

Check the list of top places for art and culture in Edirne:

  1. Selimiye Mosque

    4.9 (396 Votes)
    Selimiye Mosque

    Mosque, Religious Site, Educational Site, Architecture

    Commissioned by Sultan Selim II and built by Mimar Sinan in the 16th century, this Islamic architecture masterpiece is the most elegant summary of Ottoman architectural philosophy. The interiors and exteriors are highly symmetrical, a distinctive feature that was designed to draw the eye and centralise the rapidly expanding city. The highlights to notice are: How, unusually for mosques, this o...Read more
  2. Eski Cami

    4.9 (275 Votes)
    Eski Cami

    Mosque, Religious Site, Outdoors, Observatory

    This lovely 15th century Ottoman Mosque is located close to the historical centre of Edirne, not far away from Selimiye. It is one of the three imperial mosques in the city, and the smallest of these. Still, that doesn’t mean the other Mosques overshadow it, for it houses something beautiful – exquisite calligraphic writings on its interior walls. The other highlights are the small ...Read more
  3. Meric River Bridge

    Outdoors, River, Observatory, Bridge

    The 150 year old bridge crosses the Maritsa, and though it doesn’t seem very remarkable in and of itself, it stands on one of the most picturesque spots in town. There is a cute cafe nearby, where you can grab some tea, sit down, and watch the crowd go by. In the middle of the bridge, there is an Ottoman Kiosk, from where apparently, the Sultan used to watch the sunsets – you can ta...Read more
  4. Karaagac

    Outdoors, Educational Site, Food And Drinks, Street Market

    A quaint town, Karaagac has an important history, not least of which is that the Treaty of Lausanne was signed here. Just 4km southwest of Edirne, the city has pretty streets, lovely boulevards and parks. It’s an extremely charming place, and you should make it a point just to walk around. Some of the attractions and highlights you’ll find here are: Two ottoman bridges: one spannin...Read more
  5. Edirne Archaeological And Ethnographical Museum

    Art And Culture, Observatory, Educational Site, Archaeological Site

    This museum is sister to the Museum of Islamic Arts close to Selimiye Mosque and is located right next to it. It’s highlights are: Thracian funerary steles featuring horsemen. Textiles and carpets (Socks, gloves, various embroidered napkins, waistbands and towels). Clothes (shirts, jackets, dresses and Turkish trousers). Calligraphy and jewellery. Decorative wooden objects. Kitchen utens...Read more
  6. Turkish And Islamic Art Museum

    Art And Culture, Museum, History Museum, Outdoors

    Established in 1925 by Dr Rifat Osman, consisting of the small rooms of the beautiful medrese Hadith School along the northeast corner of Selimiye Mosque’s courtyard, the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum of Edirne offers a diverse collection of the Ottoman era artefacts. The collections include calligraphy, glassworks, woodworks, ceramics, weaponry, ornaments and intricate costumes. You wil...Read more
  7. Three Balconies Mosque

    4.8 (281 Votes)
    Three Balconies Mosque

    Mosque, Religious Site, Observatory, Educational Site

    This is the third of the three imperial mosques in the city centre. You best cover them all together. When first built, it was distinct for having the largest dome of any Ottoman building. The highlights are: Two blue-turquoise tile panels in the tympana of the windows. Chinese floral borders. A prettily painted central dome. The fountain in the gorgeous courtyard. The minaret with stylistic t...Read more
  8. Macedonian Tower

    Observatory, Educational Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    There are two reasons this tower could have been named such. One, that it looks over the general direction where Macedonia used to be. Two, Macedonia used to once extend all the way to Edirne. The tower is one of the four great ramparts of a castle built in Edirne during Roman times. Today, you can get into the tower, but you can’t climb to the top. The upper part of the tower was demolis...Read more