Eskisehir: History | Economy | Education | Transportation | Hospitals | Tourism

Eskisehir is a city in Turkey that is situated in the northwest of the country. It lies between the cities of Istanbul and Ankara, and its center is crossed by the Porsuk River.

The city of Eski┼čehir┬áis often called “student city” due to its advanced universities and the fact that a high ratio of it’s residents are young people, as the services provided to students and youth vary in the city.

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The History of Eskisehir

The word Eski┼čehir in the Turkish language means ÔÇťold cityÔÇŁ as the history of the city is estimated to be more than 4000 years old.

Eski┼čehir BC

It is believed that the Hittites established a settlement in Eski┼čehir in 1460 B.C. In the following years, the city was under the control of the Romans and the Celts.

Eskisehir in the Era of the Seljuks

old photo of Eskisehir

Many ancient geographers described Eskisehir as one of the most beautiful cities in Anatolia, as its nature inspired many poets, the most important of which was the Turkish poet Yunus Emre.

The city was named Sultanunu during the Seljuk era and it was conquered in 1079 AD. Since then, Eskisehir has developed much in terms of architecture.

Eski┼čehir in the Ottoman Era

The city took its current name when the Muslim Turks settled in the area. Looking at the ruins of the ancient city, they called the area ÔÇťThe Old CityÔÇŁ which means ÔÇťEski┼čehirÔÇŁ in Turkish. Contrary to its name, the city is constantly renewing itself.

Eskisehir City Location

The city is located in western Anatolia, where it is bordered to the east by the capital Ankara, to the north by Bilecik , to the west by Bursa, and to the south by Afyon and Kutahya.

The Economy of Eskisehir

Eski┼čehir is one of the richest cities in Turkey, as its economy varies between agriculture, tourism, industry, and logistics and transportation services.

The diversification of the city’s economy, with the ease and availability of transportation services, has led to an influx of those wishing to invest in Turkey to the city of Eskisehir to take advantage of the profitable opportunities that its economy provides them.

The city contains advanced industries, most notably aircraft and automobile manufacturing, in addition to mining, ceramic industries, and the manufacture and maintenance of trains.

On the agricultural side, the crops grown in Eski┼čehir city vary throughout the year between wheat, corn, tomatoes, and apples.

In general, the state provides many distinct investment opportunities that increase the possibilities and opportunities for achieving profits.

Eskisehir’s economy is one of the most flexible, consisting of 57% services, 39% industry, and 7% agriculture.

Economic activities in Eskisehir range from aircraft and automobile manufacturing to the food and graphic industries.

Education in Eski┼čehir

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The city of Eskisehir in Turkey has been named “the city of students”, as the city is one of the most suitable cities in Turkey to host students from all over the world.

Eski┼čehir did not get the title ÔÇťStudent CityÔÇŁ out of nowhere, but according to the latest opinion polls, the city is considered the most preferred city by Turkish and foreign students to live and study.

Education in Eskisehir is of high quality. There are three universities in the city Anadolu University, Osman Gazi University and Eskisehir Technical University

The University of Eskisehir offers 148 high-quality educational programs with world-class faculty and modern laboratories.

├ťN─░AR Foundation has awarded Eski┼čehir the title of ÔÇťUniversity Student-Friendly CityÔÇŁ.

Transportation in Eskisehir

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Eski┼čehir has an excellent transportation network, linking all parts of the city with each other, and the most popular means of transportation within the city is the tram.

Besides the tram that covers vast areas of the city, there are many buses that travel between all alleys and roads, and buses also connect Eski┼čehir, the center, with the rest of the villages and cities in the state.

Transportation within Eskisehir is not only limited to land transportation, but the city also has river transportation that takes passengers and tourists within the famous Porsuk River.

Eskisehir Hospitals

The city contains many governmental and private hospitals alike, which provide high-quality healthcare services to the city’s residents.

State Hospitals:

Eski┼čehir ┼×ehir Hastane

University Hospitals:

Osman Gazi University Hospital

Private Hospitals in the City:

  • Eski┼čehir Acibadem Hospital
  • Umit Hospital
  • Anadolu Hospital
  • Eskisehir Eye Center
  • Gurlife Hospital

Eskisehir Train

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Eski┼čehir is the crossroads for trains coming from Istanbul to the rest of Anatolia and the capital, Ankara.

The city can be reached easily by train, which connects the city with the capital, Ankara, Istanbul, Konya, Kutahya, Izmir, and many other cities and villages along the train line.

Eskisehir has two types of trains: the YHT express train, which is a modern high-speed train, and the traditional train.

Housing in Eski┼čehir

Eskisehir is characterized by the diversity of houses and housing prices, as there are easy options to buy or rent apartments in the city.

Housing prices in Eski┼čehir vary enormously in different regions and neighborhoods, as the neighborhoods near the city center, Ba─člar neighborhood, and the neighborhoods that are located on the Porsuk River and near ismet Inonu Street, their prices rise.

The prices are generally lower in ┼×irintepe, which is located right next to Anadolu University, as it is one of the most suitable neighborhoods for students to live in.

Food in Eski┼čehir

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The city has many special meals and drinks, as a large number of Crimean Turks immigrated to Eskisehir, in addition to many Balkan Turks, who took with them some traditional meals, the most famous of which is the “├ži b├Ârek”.

The city is also famous for serving balaban kebab, which consists of kofte, as well as chopped pide bread with tomato sauce and yogurt.

Boza is one of the most popular traditional drinks served in Eski┼čehir, which locals drink in winter to raise body temperature and nutrition. Boza is made by fermenting different grains like wheat, barley, millet, corn, and bulgur. You should sprinkle a little cinnamon over it before eating it.

The boza is exported to all parts of Turkey and many countries.

Weather in Eski┼čehir

The weather in Eski┼čehir varies throughout the year, with the summer months experiencing high temperatures in the morning but temperatures dropping significantly in the evening.

As for the weather in winter, it is covered with snow in January most of the time, and sometimes the temperatures are below zero without any snow or rain.

Spring and autumn in Eskisehir are among the best seasons of the year for tourism, for tourists to visit the city, and to enjoy the famous Sazova Park.

Tourism in Eski┼čehir

Eski┼čehir is famous for it’s many amazing attractions that have put it on the tourism map in Turkey.

Tourism in Eskisehir varies between historical, cultural, natural, and medical tourism to satisfy all tastes.

Sazova Park and the Palace of the Princesses are among the most famous tourist attractions in Eskisehir, as are the Porsuk River, the old Odunpazari houses, and camping in the woods.

Eski┼čehir Neighborhoods

Eski┼čehir is classified as a ÔÇťbig city municipalityÔÇŁ, where about 915,000 people live. The cityÔÇÖs neighborhoods and municipalities are administratively divided into two municipalities, namely the municipality of┬áTepeba┼č─▒┬áand the municipality of┬áOdunpazar─▒┬áand the city includes the following neighborhoods:

Districts within Odunpazar─▒ Municipality:

  • 71 Evler Mahallesi
  • 75. Y─▒l Mahallesi
  • A─čap─▒nar Mahallesi
  • Akarba┼č─▒ Mahallesi
  • Akcami Mahallesi
  • Ak├ža─član Mahallesi
  • Alan├Ân├╝ Mahallesi
  • Arifiye Mahallesi
  • A┼ča─č─▒ ├ça─član Mahallesi
  • B├╝y├╝kdere Mahallesi
  • Cunudiye Mahallesi
  • ├çankaya Mahallesi
  • ├çavlum Mahallesi
  • Dede Mahallesi
  • Deliklita┼č Mahallesi
  • Emek Mahallesi
  • Erenk├Ây Mahallesi
  • G├Âkmeydan Mahallesi
  • G├Âztepe Mahallesi
  • G├╝ltepe Mahallesi
  • G├╝ndo─čdu Mahallesi
  • Huzur Mahallesi
  • Ihlamurkent Mahallesi
  • ─░stiklal Mahallesi
  • Kalkanl─▒ Mahallesi
  • Karacah├Ây├╝k Mahallesi
  • Karap─▒nar Mahallesi
  • Kayap─▒nar Mahallesi
  • K─▒rm─▒z─▒toprak Mahallesi
  • Kurtulu┼č Mahallesi
  • Orhangazi Mahallesi
  • Orta Mahallesi
  • Osmangazi Mahallesi
  • Pa┼ča Mahallesi
  • Sevin├ž Mahallesi
  • S├╝mer Mahallesi
  • ┼×arkiye Mahallesi
  • Vi┼čnelik Mahallesi
  • Vadi┼čehir Mahallesi
  • Yass─▒h├Ây├╝k Mahallesi
  • Yenido─čan Mahallesi
  • Yenikent Mahallesi
  • Y─▒ld─▒ztepe Mahallesi

Districts within Tepeba┼č─▒ Municipality:

  • Al─▒nca Mahallesi
  • A┼ča─č─▒ S├Â─č├╝t├Ân├╝ Mahallesi
  • Bah├želievler Mahallesi
  • Bat─▒kent Mahallesi
  • Boyac─▒o─člu Mahallesi
  • Cumhuriye Mahallesi
  • ├çaml─▒ca Mahallesi
  • ├çukurhisar Hisar Mahallesi
  • ├çukurhisar Yeni Mahallesi
  • E─čri├Âz Mahallesi
  • Emircio─člu Mahallesi
  • Emirler Mahallesi
  • Ertu─črulgazi Mahallesi
  • Esentepe Mahallesi
  • Eskiba─člar Mahallesi
  • Fatih Mahallesi
  • Fevzi ├çakmak Mahallesi
  • Gazipa┼ča Mahallesi
  • G├Âkdere Mahallesi
  • G├╝ll├╝k Mahallesi
  • Hac─▒ Seyit Mahallesi
  • Hac─▒alibey Mahallesi
  • Hasanbey Mahallesi
  • Hayriye Mahallesii
  • Ho┼čnudiye Mahallesi
  • I┼č─▒klar Mahallesi
  • ─░hsaniye Mahallesi
  • Kavac─▒k Mahallesi
  • Keskin Mahallesi
  • Koyunlar Mahallesi
  • Kozkay─▒ Mahallesi
  • Kumlubel Mahallesi
  • Mamure Mahallesi
  • Mustafa Kemal Pa┼ča Mahallesi
  • Orta Mahallesi
  • ├ľmera─ča Mahallesi
  • Sakintepe Mahallesi
  • Sat─▒lm─▒┼čo─člu Mahallesi
  • Sazova Mahallesi
  • S├╝tl├╝ce Mahallesi
  • ┼×arh├Ây├╝k Mahallesi
  • ┼×eker Mahallesi
  • ┼×irintepe Mahallesi
  • Tunal─▒ Mahallesi
  • Ulu├Ânder Mahallesi
  • Yeni Mahalle
  • Yeniba─člar Mahallesi
  • Ye┼čiltepe Mahallesi
  • Yukar─▒ S├Â─č├╝t├Ân├╝ Mahallesi
  • Zafer Mahallesi
  • Zincirlikuyu Mahallesi

Where is Eskisehir located?

The city is located in Western Anatolia, near the capital Ankara and Istanbul.

What is the city of Eski┼čehir famous for?

The city is known as the “student city” as life in the city is suitable for university students in terms of transportation, housing prices and quality of life

How far is Eskisehir from ─░stanbul?

Eskisehir is approximately 300 km away from Istanbul.


Abdullah Habib
Abdullah Habib

Merhaba! I'm Abdullah Habib. In this article, I share the essence of my 7-year journey in Turkey - as an expat and foreign student. With a heart full of stories and a mind rich with insights from my experiences, I've written this piece just for you. So, without further ado, sit back, relax, and enjoy the read!

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