Edirne Holy Places

Edirne Holy Places

Traveling through rain and storm, at times even making night marches, the weary travelers, after brief halts at Kúchík-Chakmáchih, Buyuk-Chakmáchih, Salvárí, Birkás, and Bábá-Iskí, arrived at their destination, on the first of Rajab 1280 A.H. (December 12, 1863), and were lodged in the Khán-i-‘Arab, a two-story caravanserai, near the house of ‘Izzat-Áqá. Three days later, Bahá’u’lláh and His family were consigned to a house suitable only for summer habitation, in the Murádíyyih quarter, near the Takyíy-i-Mawlaví, and were moved again, after a week, to another house, in the vicinity of a mosque in that same neighborhood. About six months later they transferred to more commodious quarters, known as the house of Amru’lláh (House of God’s command) situated on the northern side of the mosque of Sulṭán Salím.

Thus closes the opening scene of one of the most dramatic episodes in the ministry of Bahá’u’lláh. The curtain now rises on what is admittedly the most turbulent and critical period of the first Bahá’í century—a period that was destined to precede the most glorious phase of that ministry, the proclamation of His Message to the world and its rulers. (God Passes By, pages 102-103)

Though He Himself was bent with sorrow, and still suffered from the effects of the attempt on His life, and though He was well aware a further banishment was probably impending, yet, undaunted by the blow which His Cause had sustained, and the perils with which it was encompassed, Bahá’u’lláh arose with matchless power, even before the ordeal was overpast, to proclaim the Mission with which He had been entrusted to those who, in East and West, had the reins of supreme temporal authority in their grasp. The day-star of His Revelation was, through this very Proclamation, destined to shine in its meridian glory, and His Faith manifest the plenitude of its divine power. (God Passes By, page 108)

“Birlik çadırı kuruldu; birbirinize yabancı gözüyle bakmayınız. Hepiniz bir ağacın meyveleri ve bir dalın yapraklarısınız. Bir elin parmakları ve bir vücudun uzuvları gibi olun.”
–Bahai Yazıları

Conditions for visiting a section of the House of Baha’u’llah in Edirne

As the restoration and maintenance of the Edirne Holy Places and the arrangement of the İzzet Ağa Garden continue, only a small part of the House of Bahá'u'lláh in Edirne is open for a limited visit. During this period, additional to the Baha’i ID requirement, visits to Edirne can be made under the following conditions:

1- Due to the safety and security measures that has been taken for the restoration and maintenance works, only one room of the House of Bahá'u'lláh's lower floor will be open to visitors during the maintenance works.

2- All visitors prior to coming need to provide information and make an appointment. For detailed general information, you can write to hp@bahitr.org.

3- Visits may continue but only until the renovation works of this room also be started. When the renovation work of the this room also begins the House will be totally closed to visitors. During this period of time, if the restoration work of the gardens allows, then only gardens can be visited.

4- The House will be open to visitors on weekdays from Monday to Friday between 11:00 and 16:00. The House will be closed to visitors on the weekends.

5- The duration of the visit to the House is limited to 30 minutes.

6- During the renovation works, as long as the sacred gardens can be open for visit, visitors can stay in these gardens for more than 30 minutes.

7- Only visitors who are coming together can go for the visit with the same group.

Note: We strongly remind you to make an appointment in advance in order to make your visit.

Working Day and Hours

Monday 11:00 – 16:00
Tuesday 11:00 – 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 – 16:00
Thursday 11:00 – 16:00
Friday 11:00 – 16:00

Transportation to and Accommodation in Edirne

If you are traveling to Edirne from Istanbul, you may go by bus from the Esenler-Otogar (Istanbul main bus station), a two and a half to three hours trip. At the Esenler-Otogar seek out these bus companies that have bus services to Edirne:

Nilüfer: Phone 0 (212) 658 2499 or 444 0099 -Buses leave for Edirne hourly
Metro: Phone 0 (212) 658 1717 or 444 3455 -Buses leave for Edirne hourly

** Reservations are generally not necessary

Once at the Edirne bus station (Otogar) which is a little far from the city, you can use city bus services, or take a taxi. Please ask your driver to use the taximeter. If you request, the address of the Visitors Office will be send to you by an e-mail.

It takes about 3 hours from Istanbul to Edirne. Though it is practicable to visit Edirne on a day trip from Istanbul, be aware that there is not any possibility to stay at the Baha’i Centre but there are several hotels in the area should you wish to prolong your stay. Please find information for hotels from the below “Hotel Information for Edirne” section. Please note that Edirne is a touristic city and if you wish to stay here we recommend that you make your own hotel reservations ahead of time.

During your stay in Turkey you need to carry with you your passports or travel documents as security controls are conducted for Edirne and Istanbul which are cities close to the border. You also need to carry your Baha'i ID cards with you to present during your visits to Holy Places.

1. Murat Mahallesi Atatürk Bulvarı No: 60 Edirne
Telefon: + 90 284 236 6 236
Fax: + 90 284 236 2 600
E-Mail: info@margiotel.com

I.Murat Mahallesi Talatpa a Cad. No: 82/A Merkez-Edirne 22030
Tel: +90 (284) 2130 797
Faks: +90 (284) 2255 800
Mobil: +90 (532) 1111 797

Maarif Caddesi No: 6
Telefon: (0284) 225 1555
Fax: (0284) 225 1556
Web: www.edirnehotelantik.com

Mail: info@efehotel.com
Web: www.efehotel.com
Telefon : (0284) 213 6166 - 213 6466
Fax : (0284) 213 6080

Mail: otelacikgoz@hotmail.com
Telefon: (0284) 213 1404 - 213 1405 - 213 0313

Mail: parkotel@isnet.net.tr
Telefon: (0 284) 225 4610/11 veya 213 5276/77

Telefon: (0284) 212 1457 veya 213 7783
Fax : 225 1857

Maarif Caddesi No: 17
Telefon: (0284) 214 3340 veya 214 3323