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Our plan was to travel directly from Istanbul to Ankara but then we started to think about a city in between to stay for a day and Eskisehir seemed ideal for a weekend trip. It’s modern town in NW turkey 330km SE from Istanbul and 233km west of Ankara. It stands at 792m above sea level overlooking the Phrygian valley.

Eskisehir means Old City (in Turkish) which is party true as it was founded in 1000BC by the Phrygians! We didn’t have time for the archeological museum but I’ve read that they have many artifacts from that era. The city was named Dorylaeum (or Dorylaion in greek) which was actually a bit out of the modern city but it was always mentioned as the most beautiful city in Anatolia.

But what you really see in the city is modern, most of the structures were built after the Turkish war of Independence(1919-1922). The city has about 650 000 inhabitants (it’s the capital of Eskeşehir province) and its very lively due to the fact that there is a university with students from all over Turkey. It was very nice seeing the city centre full of young people at the cafes next to the river Porsuk that splits the city in two.

Upon our arrival we noticed a lot military aircrafts flying over our heads, there is a military base close to the city. Eskisehir is an industrial area anyway with a lot of industries producing anything from trucks to meerschaum and from bricks or textiles to cement or sugar.

Eskisehir is famous for some beautiful restored historical houses(at Odunpazari area) but also for the river Porsuk and its bridges(you can walk around or take a boat for tour), the hot sulphur springs, and the meerschaum(luletasi) artifacts (don’t forget to buy some meerschaum pipes).

There are some interesting museums like the glass museum, the cartoon museum, the meerschaum museum and the archeological museum. We also visited some mosques, the main mosque at the city centre(Reşadiye mosque), some small ones. If you visit Odunpazari check the old mosque (from 1515) of Gazi Melek Pasa (transformed into a museum in 1966)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:beautiful city, cheap food
  • Cons:not much to do after the second day
  • Last visit to Eskisehir: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated May 2, 2011
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  • artonice's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Waaw .I loved the first pic.It's amazing you see eskisehir as I haven't yet although leaving in Turkey ;)

  • Aitana's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Nice place to have a break! I like very much Odumpazari.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    most enjoyable page. 650 people and i never heard of it. i do like the mosque with the statue in front as a picture. the whole city seems to have a strong european touch. remarkable statues too.

  • Tuna_ank's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Now, you know Eskisehir more than me. :-))

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Hello, Konstantinos! It's a small world! There's a lot to see and to do there...Thanks for sharing! ><><><

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