History

The Ottomans residing in Anatolia gradually made their way to Rumelia (1356-1357) during the period of Orhan Ghazi, with the command of his son, Süleyman Paşa, before the conquest of Edirne (1361).

During the lull periods between their raids and when they ceased marching, the Ottoman Raiders kept themselves active by playing various types of sports.

Once, among 40 stout-hearted men who started wrestling, a contest between two lasted until midnight with neither one of them appearing the victor and this contest continued until both of them died wrestling…

heir brothers at arms, after burying these two stouthearted men under a fig tree in the field where the contest took place, continued their raids towards Edirne.

After the conquest of Edirne, when they arrived at the Ahırköy Meadow, they saw that a crystal clear water source around that fig tree was running towards Kırkpınar Meadow and hence, named this place as Kırkpınar (meaning Forty-sources) saying “They were forty. They were the first to arrive at this side.