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Introducing Edirne

The main conurbation in Turkey’s European territory, Edirne is rarely considered by tourists as anything other than a stopover on the road to İstanbul. Luckily the town seems entirely unperturbed by this ‘neglect’, and remains a bustling centre of modern Turkish life in all its forms, with the added colour of constant through-traffic from Greece and Bulgaria. Visitors who do pause to take an interest will find a surprising amount of impressive architecture – Edirne was briefly the capital of the Ottoman Empire, and many of the key buildings are still in excellent shape.