Sarayiçi

Lonely Planet review

The Inner Palace is actually an island that was once the private hunting reserve of the Ottoman sultans. Today it's the site of the famous Kırkpınar oil wrestling matches.

Near the modern stadium, which is flanked by uberbutch başpehlivan (champions) in bronze, stands the Adalet Kasrı (Justice Hall; 1561), a stone tower with a conical roof that dates from the time of Süleyman the Magnificent. In front of it are two square columns: on the Seng-i Hürmet (Stone of Respect) to the right, people would place petitions to the sultan, while the Seng-i İbret (Stone of Warning) on the left displayed the heads of high-court officers who had managed to anger the sultan.

Behind the Justice Hall is the small Fatih Köprüsü (Conqueror Bridge; 1452). Across it and on the right is a sombre Balkan Wars memorial ; straight ahead and to the left are the scattered ruins of Edirne Sarayı . Begun by Sultan Murat II in 1450, the palace once rivalled İstanbul's Topkapı Palace in size and luxury, though you'd be hard-pressed to visualise it nowadays.

To get here, walk north along Hükümet Caddesi and cross the Tunca River on Saraçhane Köprüsü (Saddler's Bridge); or head north on Mimar Sinan Caddesi and Saray Yolu, and cross the river on Saray Köprüsü (Palace Bridge; 1560). Alternatively, it's a scenic 1km walk along the road to the north of the river from the Sultan Bayezid II complex.