Town Center Balikesir Reviews
... a sightseeing advice for visitors ... Jun 08, 2009
Balikesir town center offers a few historical buildings and recreational activities. If you visit Balikesir downtown, 1 day would be enough for you to visit those attractions. Let's start our tour by considering your arrival.
1. Train Station: Whether you arrive by train or bus, you'll see this historical station. The building is from late Ottoman period, so it's not so old. 5-10 minutes for taking some pics would be enough for here.
2. Zaganos Pasha Mosque and Tomb: This Mosque is named after Zaganos Pasha who was one of the viziers and commanders of Sultan Mehmet II "The Conqueror" during the siege of Istanbul. After 10 minutes walking from station via Milli Kuvvetler street, you will arrive the site. The mosque is the main landmark of the city and represents the 15th century Ottoman Architecture, however the building was renovated in late 19th century.
3. Karesi Bey Tomb: Karesi bey was the ruler of the emirate located in Balikesir and Canakkale before Ottomans, and this tomb was built after his death in late 13th or early 14th century.
4. Clock Tower: Constructed in 1901, this tower is another landmark of the city. It's located 5 mins walking from Zaganos Pasha Mosque.
5. Kuvay-i Milliye Museum: This museum is the only museum in downtown. "Kuvay-i Milliye" means "National Forces" and stands for irregular army corps during Turkish Independence War around 1920s. This two storey museum offers some historical values from late Ottoman and early republic era on first floor, and some ancient values from the antique sites such as Kyzikos, Antandros (Lycian) and Daskleion (Persian) on the second floor. Worth to see!
6. Traditional Balikesir Houses: Outskirts of the hill you can see in downtown, there are still houses exists from Ottoman era designed as traditional/local architecture. Those houses located in neighborhoods next to Zaganos Pasha Mosque and Clock Tower.
7. Ataturk Park and Recreational Area: This park is one of the oldest recreational areas in Turkey, and it's landscape was redesigned in 2008. This park is a pretty cool place to hang out and relax.
Moreover, there are some other historical mosques (mostly small sized) around downtown. Except Yildirim Mosque is relatively bigger and it is the oldest Ottoman building (from 14th century) which has a very simple design.
I am like hearing questions about food? Of course, you'll not be hungry during your visit.However, it's a topic of another entry ;)
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