Odunpazarı is an old neighborhood and first Turkish settlement in Eskişehir, which is currently on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage List as a Historical Urban Site, having historical indications from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods, with a well-preserved urban fabric rich with examples of Turkish vernacular architecture.
Odunpazarı, literally meaning Wood Market, has its name from the market place where wood was sold, and its architecture rightfully stands up for this name. It consists of typical timber houses representative of traditional Turkish civil architecture.
While walking down the district of Odunpazari, you can see a lot of colorfull houses, little markets on the streets, a lot of jewelry, little stands with turkish coffee that is being prepared on the hot sand and offcourse turkish restaurant with Eskisehirs most popular dishes like ciborek and balaban kebap.
Odunpazari has historical indications from the periods of Seljuk, Ottoman and Turkish Republic; such as Alaaddin Mosque (1271), Kursunlu Mosque Complex (1525), Haci Hasan Mosque (13th century) etc. Being one of the few religious centers of Anatolia, the Kursunlu Mosque Complex located at the centre of the site and built by Palace Architect Acem Ali has a basic characteristic of Ottoman architecture. The complex today includes Eskisehir Handicraft Center where almost extinct traditional handicrafts -such as hand writing, gilding, marbling, miniature and reed flute- are performed through master-apprentice system. The complex also includes the world’s only Meerschaum Museum where the most beautiful examples of Turkish and foreign meerschaum artists are exhibited.
The konaks, historical residences that constitute very special examples of traditional civil architecture, express the family life and traditions of the time. Fountains are also other important urban elements that regulate and shape the traditional patterns of Turkish neighborhoods and social relationships.
The Odunpazari Modern Museum
The Odunpazari Modern Museum has been designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates. Odunpazari used to be a centre for timber trading and Kengo Kuma and Associates took this history as the basis for the design.
Built to house the modern art collection of architect and chairperson of Turkish contractor Polimeks, Erol Tabanca, the museum in the Odunpazari district of Eskisehir is formed of a cluster of boxes made from stacked, interlocking timber beams.
The building consists of a group of square-shaped blocks that are surrounded by laminated-timber beams stacked on top of each other. These have been arranged to continue the streetscape of the surrounding Ottoman houses.
Eskişehir is well known in Turkey as a student city. There is more than 60.000 students living and studying in Eskisehir. It is a lovely city full of life and young people. Just by walking down the street you can feel the vibe of youth. The city is crowded with young people, pubs, caffes, restaurants, shops, malls…
In this article we will give you a 10 reasons why Eskişehir is a great place to study.
Eskişehir has 3 Universities: Anadolu University, Osmangazi University and Eskişehir Tehnical University, which are among the best ones in all the Turkey. Anadolu University has been ranked 1st from all the Universities in Turkey. Which ever area you are interested, You can find a program for it, wheather is a bachelor, master or Phd program on English or Turkish.
Eskişehir is among cheapest places in Turkey. All the prices are very suitable for student life, from flats, which are usually between 500-700 turkish lira, restaurants with an average price for a meal that costs 8-18 turkish lira, cheap public transport, groceries…
Eskişehir is a small city with a bit more than 800.000 citizent. But living in a small city has a lot of advantages. The centar of city is quite small and you can reach every destination easily with tram or by walking or biking. That means you dont waste a lot of time on traffic jams, and all the Universities are very close to center. Even if you want to take a break from city crowd, the nearest park are 20 minutes away with public transports. Majority of city life revolves around Porsuk river.
Its essencial part of every student life to have active social nightlife. Wheatever you are fan of turkish traditional music or rock, tehno, Eskişehir has a lot of places that suits everyones taste. Most of the youngsters gather at “pub” street where there are often live jams, concerts, karaoke and good deals on beverages.
Eskişehir is located in nortwest of Turkey, wright between Istanbul and Ankara which you can reach within an hour with fast train. Also a lot of bus companies are opperating on daily basis in the city and you can reach every city in Turkey. There is also Eskişehir airport so you can even travel abroad or to some other turkish city. Pegazus company is the most famous low budget turkish company with great deals for domestic flights.
6. Good food
You will never be hungry in Eskişehir. Literaly there are places to eat every few meters or even lees. From kebap, gozleme, kokorec, durum, burek, pastry shops, kofte, name it and you will find it on the streets. There are also food chains franchizes, something like a Turkish mcdonalds but for durum. Except restaurants and “fast food” object, you can find people selling chesnuts, corn, rice and the most popular simit bagel on the street stands. There are also student restaurants. But the prices of food are every cheap wherever you deside to eat. The most well known Eskişehir dish is ciborek and balaban kebap.
7.Historical and cultural city
Eskişehir in literall translations from turkish means old city. Its the city with very old history dating from 1000 B.C. There are many artifacts, sculptures and buildings remained from that period. You can find a variety of differnt themed museums like: Dünya Müzeleri Müzesi or Museum of World Museums, Eti Archaeology Museum, Aviation Museum, Meerschaum Museum, Museum of Independence, Museum of Modern Glass Art, Tayfun Talipoğlu Typewriter Museum, Yılmaz Büyükerşen Wax Museum and the Odunpazarı Modern Museu.
8. International enviroment
Thanks to the great University programs, a lot of foreign students deside to study in Eskişehir. It is common for young people to know how to speak English. Althought in this time of pandemic, the classes are online, but you can still here some people speaking English on the streets.
9. Nice parks
There are a lot of parks in Eskişehir , but the most famous ones are located on the outskirts of the city: Sazova, Kent park and Seale park. It is often that people spend their weekend day, doing some sport activities or just relaxing and having picnik. It is also common to se student sitting and chilling next to the Porsuk river, especially in warmer days. Whenever You feel like you need a break from study, there are a lot of green surfaces in the city where you can relax and restore or study for the exams.
One of the things the world is missing today are seasons, but in Eskişehir you have everything. You have snow during the winter with nicely decorated streets, flowers in spring, hot long days during the summer and falling colored leaves during the autumn. There is also lake in the Kent part to refresh during summer and ski resort near by.
Basically, anything you need You can find in the city or within its reach. For students there are great libraries, a lot of dormitories, students restaurants, clubs, theaters, cinemas, all the essencials for having the best student life possible.
Eskişehir is a city located in North West Turkey wright between Capital Ankara and countries biggest city Istanbul. It name derives from the word eski, meaning old in turkish; and şehir which means city.
It is a small but lively city, lokated on the banks of Porsuk River. It was founded by the Phrygians in at least 1000 BC, althought it has been estimated to be older than 4000 years when it was known as Dorylaeum in greek or Şarhöyük in turkish.
Today, city is knows mostly as a student city with three Universities: Anadolu University, , Eskisehir Tehnical University and Osmangazi University. Althought its population is a bit more 800.000, this city is known as incredibly lively due to a great number of students and young people. The city streets are full of caffes, lights, pubs, restoraunts, shops, malls and the prices are very suitable for student life. The city vibe is vibrant, full of lights and people.
There is plenty of things to see in Eskisehir, the city is full of sculptures, old and historical building and many others. We will mention couple of them here, but there is much more to explore in the city.
-The center of Eskisehir revolves around Porsuk river which is a brench of Sakarya river . With a lot of benches, golden sculptures and brigdes, sourounded with a lot of caffes and restaurants it makes a great place to take some memorable photos. You can find a lot of people here, especially during the night.
–The Reşadiye Mosque, built by Ottoman SultanMehmet V who was also known as Reşat (reigned 1909–1918) in 1916. The mosque was demolished and rebuilt between 1969-1978. Although its architect was Cevat Ulger, it was completed after the death of its architect.
-Museums: Wax Museum, Contemporary Glassware Museum, Archaeological Museum, Aviation Museum and Independence Museum which give the visitors the chance to witness the cultural and historical diversity of the city.
HISTORICAL ODUNPAZARI HOUSES
The basis of Eskişehir’s urban development is placed in the Odunpazarı district, which was founded on the South hill of the city. Previously, the villagers sold the wood they brought from the mountains in the square of the present Sebahattin Günday Park. Therefore this area is called “Odunpazarı” which means “Wood Bazaar”.
The district is one of the rare places that has survived to the present with its Ottoman civil architectural structures and wooden houses located at the protected area.
The city is full of Pazars, on certain day you can find some streets full of fruits and vegetables, and there are also area with all kind of shops that are open every day. It this area you can find everything, from coffe, clothes, tea, turkish delights, shoes, home utilities…
–Turkish bath or Hamam
The hammam, also known as the Turkish hamam or Turkish bath, is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna.
Although the first hammams originated in Arabia, and bath culture was a central part of Roman life, Turkey popularized the tradition (and is most often associated with it) by making hammams available to people of all statuses. There is a couple of them in Eskisehir and they are all very affordable.
Like any other Turkish city, this one also revolves a lot around food. Turkish food is known in the world as one of the best cousines which involves a lot of meat, bread, spices and vegetables. Exept the basic Turkish food like kebap, durum, pite, Köfte, baklava and many other, Eskisehir has some of its own unique dishes:
çibörek or raw pastry is one of the most well-known dishes of Eskişehir cuisine. This dish originated from Crimean Tatar culture that first settled in Eskişehir; It is a traditional pastry made by putting a mixture of minced meat, onion and spice in an opened dough and frying in oil. Usually it is in the shape of a half moon. With mushrooms, cheese, potatoes etc. varieties are also available. But it is traditionally made with ground beef.
Balaban kebab/ İskender Kebab. The origin of this multi-layered dish is Eskişehir, The name of Balaban Kebap, which is full of portions, comes from the word Balaban, which means “MUCH” in Tatar. This meal consist out meatballs put on the top of nailed pita and added yoghurt, oil, butter and tomato paste on it.
Hash hash ekmek is one of the unique breads/pastries in Eskisehir. It is made with mashed poppy seeds and you can find it in almost any bakery or pastri shop.
Also there is a lot of parks and nature that you can visit that are sourounding the city.
Sazova Science, Art and Culture Park
This park is known as Eskisehirs Disneyland, it is a theme park with a lot of atraactions like castless, pirate boat, lake, shows and games suitable for children and adults. Also you can find a Zoo there, Japanese Garden, Tropical Center ,Turkish World Science, Culture and Art Center, Science Experiment Center, Esminyaturk ( miniature park with copies of 32 building belonging to Turkish World)
The second most famous park is Kent park, best known for its artificial beach, lake and swimming pools.
This is the best place to go if you want to see the city from higher perspective. This place has a magnificent view overlooking the city, also there you can find artificial waterfall, windmill, Don Quixote and Sanco Panco sculptures.
To conclude, Eskisekir is a charming city very well known in Turkey especially among student population. Althought it is not so famous outside of Turkey, it one one of the best cities to visit or choose as an place to study.