26 May 2018 Saturday
Edirne makes a wonderful trip from Istanbul, and with the expert guiding services of Şerif Yenen you will have the opportunity to learn much about this city and to visit all of its many places of very varied interest. Expect a long but very rewarding day’s outing. Set close to the Greek border on the intersection of 3 rivers, Edirne has a tranquil, almost European feel.
Capital of the Ottoman Empire prior to the successful 1453 siege of Istanbul, it was in Edirne that Mehmed II (later known as Fatih Sultan Mehmet, or Mehmet the Conqueror) ascended to the throne aged 12, and from age 18 started to make his meticulous preparations for the great siege.
Edirne was an important city on the main route connecting Europe and Asia, and as a result has a very rich cultural heritage from both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. You will observe the evolution of Ottoman architecture, culminating in visiting the stunning Selimiye Mosque, acknowledged as Mimar Sinan’s greatest masterpiece.
This packed programme will also include visiting the famous (and rather squeamish!) medical museum, the ruins of the Edirne Palace (predecessor of Topkapı), the historical train station, the Lausanne monument to the treaty that created modern Turkey, the stadium which hosts the annual Oil Wrestling championships, as well as seeing beautiful pavilions and an old hamam.
There will be three departure points across the city between 6 and 7am, and return will be around 10pm. During the journey, Şerif will make a presentation on Anatolian Civilisations.
Who is Şerif Yenen?
Şerif Yenen (born 17 May 1963) is a Turkish travel specialist, travel writer, tourist guide and travel film-maker. He gives Cultural Heritage of Turkey, Travel Writing & Blogging, Anatolian Civilisations and Tourist Guiding lessons as a part-time instructor at the Bilgi and Boğaziçi Universities. He wrote “Turkish Odyssey” in English, the “first guidebook of Turkey ever written by a Turk”. He is the producer, director and writer of Istanbul Unveiled, an awards-winning travel documentary with eight international awards.
Yenen gives lectures in the US and Turkey about travel in Turkey, Turkish history and culture. The majority of his lectures are in academic communities. His guidebooks are used as textbooks or are on suggested reading lists at various universities, and his articles and columns are published in international magazines and national newspapers.
More information about Şerif Yenen is available at Wikipedia.
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