Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling

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  • 2 sene önce gönderildi

Historical Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling held in the end of June, or at the beginning of July continues seven days. These famous oil wrestling continue for centuries are carried out as a festival in Sarayiçi region in Edirne. Translated as ‘Inner Palace’ Sarayici is actually a scrub-covered island that was once the private hunting reserve of the Ottoman sultans.

Near the ugly modern stadium stani the Adalet Kasri (Justice hall; 1561), a stone tower with a conical roof that dates from the time of Suleyman the Magnificent. In front of it are two stones on the Seng-i Hurmet (Stone of Respect) people would place petition to the Sultan, while the Seng-i Ibret (Stone of Warning) would display the heads of any high-court officers who had offended the sultan.

Behind the Justice Hall is another small bridge. Cross it and on your right you will see a memorial and Museum dedicated to the Balkan Wars. To the left the path winds past the scattered and scant ruins of the Edirne Sarayi ( Edirne Palace). Begun by Sultan Beyazit II in 1450, this palace once rivalled Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace in size and luxury, although you’d be hard-pressed even to visualise the palace now.

To get here from Hurriyet Meydani, walk along Hukumet Caddesi and cross the Tunca River via the Kanuni Bridge. Alternatively, it’s a scenic 1km walk along the flood-control embankment from the II Beyazit Kulliyesi (left)

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Kırkpınar Yağlı Güreş Alanı, Yeniimaret, 22020 Edirne Merkez/Edirne

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