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Things to do: sightseeing, museums, religious sites
Edirne, is a city in the north western Turkish province of Edirne. It's also located in the Turkish region of East Thrace, close to its borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Edirne served as the third capital city of the Ottoman Empire from 1363 to 1453, before Constantinople became the empire's fourth and final capital. At present, Edirne is the capital of Edirne Province in Turkish Thrace. The city's estimated population in 2014 was 165,979.EtymologyThe city was founded as Hadrianopolis, named for the Roman Emperor Hadrian. This name is still used in the Modern Greek. The English name Adrianople, by which the city was known until the Turkish Postal Service Law of 1930, has fallen into disuse. The,, and are adapted forms of the name Hadrianopolis or of its Turkish version; see also its other names.HistoryThe area around Edirne has been the site of no fewer than 16 major battles or sieges, from the days of the ancient Greeks. Military historian John Keegan identifies it as "the most contested spot on the globe" and attributes this to its geographical location.
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