The Hidden Capital of Anatolian Civilisations: Eskişehir

Taking its name from civilisations that can be traced back to 3000 B.C., Eskişehir has been the stage for the Hittite, Phrygian, Lydian, Persian, Macedonian, Seleucid, Galatian, Pergammon, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman cultures. In our blog post, we explore this city where every corner reeks of history.

Odunpazarı Houses

Named after Eskişehir’s first settlement of Odunpazarı, these houses are among the most beautiful examples of Turkish architecture. It is easy to get lost in time here walking along the old narrow streets with the Ottoman heritage architecture, the wooden roofs and mud-brick structures.

Kurşunlu Mosque Complex

Located in the Odunpazarı district, Kurşunlu Complex has survived from 1525 to the present day. The mosque and its surroundings are a treasure for Ottoman art enthusiasts. Close to the mosque is Eskişehir Arts Bazaar where you can witness handicrafts such as marbling and calligraphy being made.

Han Underground Settlement

Han Ancient City consists of underground galleries carved into the rocks. The city, which is believed to have been built to protect several granaries against looters, continues to attract attention with questions waiting to be answered.

Midas Monument

The Midas Monument, which is 17 metres high and 16.5 metres wide, is the most important surviving example of a Phrygian rock facade. Believed to be the open-air temple of Hattusa, a great city in ancient times, this place is considered as the eighth wonder of the world. A great reason to explore!

Hittite Archeology Museum

In Odunpazarı, there is a perfect place to explore the ancient times of Eskisehir: Hittite Archeology Museum. This cultural centre, which preserves the heritage of the city and spreads over a total of 1,300 square metres, is home to precious pieces of traditional Turkish culture for history lovers.

Gerdekkaya Tomb Monument The Gerdekkaya Tomb Monument, a heritage from Hellenistic periods, is a monumental tomb carved into the rocks. The Doric style columns and wonderful craftsmanship will take you back to ancient times and make you feel like you are in a fantasy movie.


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