include a good Archeology
Museum, a fine Ottoman mosque
complex called the Kurşunlu
Külliyesi, the dressed-up
river called the Porsuk Çayı,
an interesting market district (Çarşı),
and a neighborhood of old Ottoman houses
On a low hill at the
southern end of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Caddesi, 2 km (1-1/4 miles) from the
Garı (train station), Odunpazarı (map) is
Old Eskişehir, a district of Ottoman-era
houses now under restoration or reconstruction.
It's becoming the city's arts,
crafts, boutique and bistrot section.
Boutique Hotel was
early in the trend. More...
Up the hill in a prominent position
is the Kurşunlu Külliyesi,
an Ottoman mosque (1515) and ancillary
buildings including a caravansaray,
soup kitchen, and more. A small, pleasant,
shady park unites these buildings,
with the splashing water of the şadırvan (ablutions
fountain) adding a cooling sound.
The banks of the Porsuk Çayı
river running through the
city center have been beautifully
resstored and decorated with walkways,
small parks, and elaborate bridges.
In summer there are boat cruises on
the river, and you can even ride in
a Venetian-style gondola.
The new and modern museum holds the
found treasures of this archeologically
rich region: Phrygian, Hellenic,
Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.
the soft white stone which mineralogists
call sepiolite (hydrous
magnesium silicate, called lületaşı in
Turkish) is mined in nearby villages
and carved into beads, necklaces, earrings
and especially tobacco pipes. Eskişehir's Lületaşı
(Meerschaum) Museum and garden,
on the banks of the river, give you infomation
on the stone, the pocess of mining it,
and the art of carving it. More...
Çarşı (Market District)
TIt's fun to wander the narrow, winding
streets of the city-center shopping
district, north of the river and east
of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Caddesi.
Excursions from Eskişehir
South of the city 42 km (26 miles)
at Seyitgazi is the
tomb complex of Seyit
Battal Gazi, an Umayyad military
commander who led his Arab army against
the Byzantines in 717-740 AD. It's
a place of pilgrimage for Muslims.
The country south of Seyitgazi was
ruled by King Midas around
725 BC. The most impressive remaining
monument is at Midas
Şehri (Yazılıkaya). More...
houses in the Odunpazarı district.