Weekend Break in Historical Edirne: Food, Architecture & Winery
ARCHITECTURE HAS INDISPUTABLE PRECEDENCE IN DEFINING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A CULTURE. THE EVERYDAY LIVING PREFERENCES OF PEOPLES, THEIR LEVEL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, THEIR CONCEPTS OF TASTE AND BEAUTY…
These are, without doubt, qualities that can be gauged in other fields as well. But the functionality of architecture, whose aesthetics are integrated with building technique, decoration, painting, sculpture and other disciplines, is privileged in defining such qualities.
The priority of architecture among the Ottomans, one of history’s longest-lived empires, exceeds even this. The Ottomans had strong and original artistic traditions in everything from literature and music to ceramics, metalworking and textiles, as well as calligraphy, illumination and decoration. But none of these compare with the perfection they achieved in architecture. If the Renaissance manifested itself most perfectly in sculpture, then Ottoman civilization found its most mature expression in architecture. And Edirne is one of the three cities that share that rich and powerful heritage to the highest degree. (The other two are Istanbul and Bursa.) Was not Selimiye Mosque built on a hill dominating Edirne?
Also known as Serhad, Edirne used to be an Ottoman capital and is the homeland of famous oil wrestling. Exhibiting its historical richness in its cuisine, Edirne’s trademark dish is liver but visitors should brace themselves for more delicious surprises. We had been to almost all of the wineries on wine route in Northern Trace region. This weekend we will be visiting a a new one, taste and rate its wines along with a bbq option that will be made to our perfection.
Selimiye Mosque, Turkey’s gateway to Europe, is an Ottoman tour de force and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, also in our agenda as a must-see complex with its kulliyyah and bazaar. Our professional guide will be telling us all the secret details hidden in its architecture. Selimiye Arastası is a closed bazaar to the southwest of the mosque, and is home to more than Protected content . The stalls are filled with fragrant soaps (known to have dated back to Ottoman times), souvenir objects decorated with Ottoman motifs and local delicacies. The tastiest examples of Ottoman royal cuisine such as almond paste, sand tarts (Kavala kurabiyesi), pistachios, hoşgüvar cookies (made with almond, honey and saffron), and deva-i misk halva (made with 41 spices) should be at the top of the any souvenir list.
We will start the day with a refreshing garden breakfast and visit a very successfully presented Historical Ottoman Health Museum, after. It is a museum where learning medical applications & procedures of Ottomans feels quite exciting and being in an extremely historic building makes you feel a great sense of serenity.
If you haven’t visited Edirne, you should! Would you visit it again? YES!
Transportation+Mandatory travel Insurance (that covers up to Protected content professional guide+
Wine tasting Protected content + cheese platters + dried fruits)
BBQ lunch is avilable for extra 30 TL (includes meat balls, spicy sausage, eggplant mezede. You can order extra wine from winery prices and pay for what you order)
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