Turkish Quarter


Across Orfeos north of Plateia Eirinis, Komotini’s Ottoman-era neighbourhood, still predominantly Turkish, has old homes, barber shops and teahouses. Its key landmarks are the Eski Camii (Old Mosque), built in 1608, and the Yeni Camii (New Mosque), which, paradoxically, predates the old mosque by 23 years. (Eski Camii is thought to be built over an even older mosque.) An 1884 clock tower adds to the skyline next to the minarets.

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1. Ecclesiastical Museum

0.21 MILES

Closed for renovation at the time of research, this museum occupies Komotini’s early Ottoman imaret (poorhouse), the brickwork and layout of which…

3. Byzantine City Walls

0.33 MILES

Komotini’s 4th-century-AD Byzantine fortress was built by Emperor Theodosius. Remnants include one of 16 original towers and a portion of the wall…

4. Archaeological Museum

0.37 MILES

Visit here for information on the ancient Thracians, plus Roman coins, clay figurines, delicate gold wreaths and glazed ceramics. The street address is…

5. Moni Agiou Nikolaou

15.56 MILES

In the marshlands between Lake Vistonida and the sea, this monastery, associated with Vatopedi on Mt Athos, is set on two islets linked by a pedestrian…

6. Kioutouklou Baba Teke

18.37 MILES

Set amid fields of cotton and mustard seed on the plain southeast of Xanthi, this is the burial spot of a dervish of the Bektashi order, the primary…

7. Archaeological Museum of Abdera

25.44 MILES

This fine small museum exhibits the findings from ancient Abdera, with a focus on daily life: medical tools, for instance, and clay figurines, made in a…

8. Archaeological Site of Abdera

25.76 MILES

About 6km south of modern Abdera lies the acropolis of the ancient town, inhabited in the 7th century BC but wracked by various invasions, until it was…