History of Edirne

The ancient city of Edirne was originally founded by the Roman emperor Hadrian and named after him. Later, it became the glorious capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Through a turbulent history, Edirne has stood witness to many battles and conquests. The fortress defended Constantinople and Thrace in many wars. The bloodiest war was the conquest of Roman Valens by the Visigoths. The city has also seen settlements by the Russians and Bulgarians.