Top 10 things to do in Bilecik
See Shaykh Edebali Mausoleum
The mausoleum of Bilecik's spiritual father, Shaykh Edebali, is a humble structure on top of a small hill behind the valley where the old city of Bilecik was established. Built by Osman Ghazi's son Orhan Ghazi, the mausoleum is accessed through a stone staircase. Going down the staircase in the east direction of the mausoleum's courtyard is another small mausoleum belonging to Shaykh Edebali's wife and daughter Malhatun, Osman Ghazi's wife.
Visit Orhan Ghazi Mosque
Built on the edge of a steep cliff, the mosque has the capacity to hold 365 worshipers at the same time. Believed to be built in the early 14th century and only 50 meters from the Edebali Mausoleum, Orhan Ghazi Mosque was restored in 1973. Unlike other mosques, which the minarets are traditionally adjacent to the mosque, the main minaret of Orhan Ghazi Mosque is built on a rock, 30 meters away from the main building.
Eat gözleme at Shaykh Edebali
The log cabin restaurant at the entrance of the mausoleum makes to-die-for gözlemes with a variety of filling choices. Unwind after touring the mausoleum and perhaps making souvenir purchases from the giftware shop in the relaxing atmosphere while enjoying your gözleme.
Buy ceramic giftware
Bilecik is considered one of the centers for ceramic production. Hence, ceramic giftware is very common and they make lovely souvenirs and gifts to take back home. You can find ceramic products in small shops near the historical venues or from factories' outlet stores located along the road near the city center.
Take nature walks
Bilecik nature is perfect for nature walks, drawing a significant number of local tourists from surrounding provinces. Those living in metropolitan cities in particular come to Bilecik to enjoy nature, release stress and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Abbaslık Village in Bilecik central, as well as various highlands in the province's Bozüyük district are quite popular.
Go on Osmaneli Trekking Tour
The Göksu Stream area in Bilecik's Osmaneli district passes through footpaths, almost entirely within the woods. Taking approximately four-to-five hours to walk, it is generally covered in pine woods. Unlike the majority of nature walking paths in the Marmara region, the Göksu Stream area stands out with its rough rocky terrain. Thus, offering a different look and walking tempo for walkers in every season of the year.
Do Auto Safari
A rising trend in recent years, thrill seekers in Turkey are now heading to Bilecik for their dose of adrenaline rush as the province's geographical structure is quite suitable for the adventure.
With its convenient nature, geographical position and climate conditions, Bilecik is becoming one of the main choices of tourists from nearby cities, primarily from Istanbul, Bursa and Eskişehir, for camping. The Bozüyük and Pazaryeri districts are two of the most popular camp locations.
See Ertuğrul Ghazi Mausoleum
A visit to Bilecik without seeing the mausoleum of Ertuğrul Ghazi, the father of Osman Ghazi, the Ottoman Empire's founder. Located in the Söğüt district, although the exact construction date of the mausoleum is unknown, it is believed to be built toward the late 13th century.
Attend Ertuğrul Ghazi Festivals
A series of ceremonies are held annually around the mausoleum since the 1890s to commemorate Ertuğrul Ghazi. Believed to be started from a group or Yuruks from the Karakeçili tribe, the origin of this ceremony is still a matter of debate. Marked in the second week of September, Yuruks who gather at the center of Söğüt, would walk from the center to the Ertuğrul Ghazi Mausoleum dressed in their traditional attire and slaughter sheep or cows as sacrifice. The meat of the sacrifice is then cooked along with pilav containing chickpeas and distributed to everyone attending the event. The pilav is believed to be remedial. After the food session, traditional sports like jeered and wrestling are performed and ceremonies would be concluded with Quran recitations.
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