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Uzunkopru Edirne

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Welcome to Uzunkopru Edirne, a historic town nestled in the heart of Edirne Province, Turkey. Named after the world’s longest historical stone bridge, Uzunköprü holds a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Historical Roots
The roots of Uzunkopru Edirne trace back to the Neolithic Era, revealing a legacy that endured through Thracian settlements and the hands of various civilizations, from Greeks to Romans and Byzantines. However, it wasn’t until the Ottoman Empire, under the leadership of Great Sultan Murad II, that the town found its establishment in 1427. The decision to build the iconic Long Bridge over the Ergene River was a strategic move, connecting the Ottoman capital Edirne to Gallipoli and the Balkans.

City Establishment and Growth
The city’s foundation marked the beginning of a vibrant hub, attracting settlers from Edirne and Turkoman tribes. The Long Bridge, built between 1427 and 1443, not only facilitated trade routes but also spurred the construction of essential facilities such as a mosque, public kitchen, caravanserai, medrese, hammam, and water mills. Over time, Uzunköprü flourished into a bustling town, serving as a crucial trade route between Edirne and Gallipoli.

Occupations and Liberations
Throughout history, Uzunköprü faced several occupations, yet it remained under Turkish sovereignty. Occupations by Russia, Bulgaria, and Greece marked challenging periods, with the town enduring name changes and transformations. The city was finally liberated from Greek occupation on November 18, 1922, a date celebrated annually as Uzunköprü’s Independence Day.

Geographical Charm
Situated at the westernmost border of Turkey, Uzunköprü boasts a unique geography. Bordered by Greece, Meric town, Tekirdag, Kırklareli, Ipsala, and Kesan, the city’s landscape comprises low-lying areas, hills, and plateaus. The Ergene River, flowing beneath the iconic Long Bridge, enhances the town’s natural charm.

Climate and Flora
Uzunköprü experiences a Thracian Transitional Type of the Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot summers and cold winters. The city’s flora predominantly reflects steppe characteristics, with arable soils, meadows, pastures, and increasing forested areas due to afforestation efforts.

The Long Bridge
Uzunköprü proudly hosts the world’s longest historical stone bridge, aptly named the Long Bridge. Spanning the Ergene River, this architectural marvel was commissioned by Sultan Murad II and completed in 1444. Originally 1392 meters long, the bridge underwent various restorations, with the latest in the Republic period, widening its width and reducing the number of arches.

Plans for a new restoration and rehabilitation aim to return the bridge to its original form and pedestrianize it, allowing visitors to traverse its historical significance on foot.

Discover the timeless charm and captivating history of Uzunköprü, where the Long Bridge stands as a testament to centuries of resilience and cultural richness.

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