IT IS IMPPOSSIBLE NOT TO BE UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF LIVING DURING THE OTTOMAN TIMES WHEN TRAVELING THROUGH THE ODUNPAZARI HOUSES.
Eskişehir is among the important cities of Phrygia, Byzantine, Anatolian Seljuk, and the Ottoman and now Turkey. The city had the titles of ‘Culture Capital of the Turkish World’ and ‘UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Capital’ in 2013.
The Odunpazarı Houses, which have historical and cultural richness, are among the most important works that Eskişehir added into the cultural heritage of the world. The place that has been mentioned by many travelers like Evliya Çelebi in history is an important tourist destination for Eskişehir. The history of the Odunpazarı Houses is as old as Eskişehir’s is. The houses that carry the marks of Turkmenians reflect the Ottoman and the Turkmen life styles.
You should visit the Kurşunlu Mosque and Social Complex that was built in 1517. The structure that was built by Mustafa Pasha, nicknamed as Veteran Angel, with the signature of Acem Ali, head of the architects before Mimar Sinan, was opened for service in 1525 following an 8 years of construction process. It is impossible not be under the impression of living during the Ottoman times when traveling through the Odunpazarı Houses. The Social Complex is going to let you experience different feelings with its amazing domes and quiet garden.
The Odunpazarı Houses that are among the most tourist attracting places by means of the recent restorations that they have gone through are also important in the aspect of diversifying the living spaces of the city residents. It is nice to spend time in historical houses that are turned into accommodations, restaurants, culture, arts, or entertainment centers.
Do not return before eating çibörek
If you go to Eskişehir to see the Odunpazarı Houses do not return before eating Met halvah, Nuga Halvah, pastry with puppy seeds, çibörek, and drinking Kalabak juice, and purchasing an accessory made from meerschaum.