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Eskişehir's protected heritage district is crammed with cobblestone alleyways of timber-framed konaks (mansions) with overhanging upper stories. Many of the creaky pastel-shaded houses contain small museums, craft shops and cafes and on weekends day-tripping Turks head here to stroll the lanes, browse the stalls and sit in the shady cafes supping çay. This was Eskişehir's first Turkish district, and it features Ottoman and even Seljuk structures. Odun means 'firewood' (the area was once a firewood bazaar).

To get to Odunpazarı from central Eskişehir, catch the ESTram to the Atatürk Lisesi stop, or it's around a 2.5km walk southeast of the Porsuk River.

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1. Museum of the Republican History

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This museum celebrates Atatürk and the Turkish Republic through hundreds of photos, paintings and collages covering seminal events such as the battles of…

2. Odunpazarı Modern Museum

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This ambitious art museum, with its highly contemporary wood-slat facade riffing on Eskişehir's history as a major wood-market town, opened in 2019…

4. City Museum

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The heart of the collection here is Eskişehir's Museum of Contemporary Glass Art, a unique display donated by about 70 Turkish and foreign artists. The…

5. Kurşunlu Külliyesi Complex

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This religious complex, once used as a Mevlevi lodge by Eskişehir's Sufi community, was built between 1517 and 1525 by a leading master of classical…

6. Meerschaum Gallery

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Inside the Kurşunlu Külliyesi Complex, this small gallery displays items made from meerschaum stone, which is mined locally. Meerschaum pipes are famous…

7. Osmanlı Evi

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This former inn opened in 1890, and Atatürk stayed here in 1920 during his military campaigning. The rooms have been restored and host exhibits on Atatürk…

8. Archaeological Museum

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This modern museum showcases artefacts from the Chalcolithic era to Ottoman times. Downstairs is devoted to bigger pieces such as sarcophagi, milestones…