Antalya is a city that is difficult not to fall in love with. Its beauty enchanted ancient authors, explorers and travellers that visited the Ottoman Empire were stunned by its charms, and even the father of modern Turkey and the first president of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, expressed his fascination in Antalya in superlatives only. On the one hand, Antalya is currently a metropolis with the population of over a million inhabitants, but on the other hand - it is also increasingly popular tourist resort with beautiful beaches and luxury hotels. What's more, in the heart of the city there is a charming historical district, and the collections gathered in the local Archaeological Museum are among the most attractive in the whole of Turkey. What will Antalya be for you? Certainly, it is a city worth a visit and checking if it actually is "the most beautiful place on earth."
The ruins of Bigalı Fortress (tr. Bigalı Kalesi) are visible just off the Gelibolu - Eceabat road, about 6 km to the north of Eceabat. Although the Turkish Ministry of Culture inscribed Bigalı Fortress on the list of archaeological sites in 1980, there is no ongoing maintenance, and the structure is falling into disrepair. When you are looking for the information about Bigalı Fortress, you should know that it has several alternative names: Bogali Kalesi, Bokali Kalessi, Bokali Kalessı, and Boğalı Kalesi.
In a city of such rich and glorious history as Edirne, one cannot miss visiting traditional, covered bazaars. There are three of them in the town, and each has its unique architectural style. They are Selimiye Arastası, next to Selimiye Mosque, the Bedesten next to Old Mosque, and Ali Paşa Çarşısı. They reflect the splendour and importance of Edirne, first the capital of the Ottoman Empire, and then the favourite city of the Imperial Family. All of them are also currently used as shopping centres.
The stadium called Er Meydanı is one of the most unusual tourist attractions of Edirne. The venue, situated on the island of Sarayiçi, hosts an annual tournament of one of the most famous Turkish sports disciplines - oil wrestling (tr. yağlı güreş). The area where the modern stadium stands today, there were once private hunting grounds of the Sultans, conveniently located near the Saray-ı Cedid-i Amire palace complex.
Bolayır is a town in Çanakkale Province, located at the base of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Thrace region. Despite the small number of inhabitants (around 2000) and the relatively recent status of a town (in 1958), Bolayır boasts a very turbulent history and two important tombs. These mausoleums, situated on a hill overlooking Bolayır, are the reason you should stop in this town for a moment during the journey further to the south.
September was a very busy month: the sarcophagus of Hercules was returned to Turkey, Konuralp theatre was excavated, and the restoration work continued in the Hellenistic tower in Perge. Moreover, the archaeologists discovered a church from the 11th century in Adramyttion, a 1,700-year-old villa in Arykanda and 2,000-year-old toys in Parion.
Like many other historical buildings in Edirne, also Lari Çelebi Mosque is connected with the story of a man who gave the structure his name. In this case, it was the court medic of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.
Although Selimiye Mosque is the most famous work of Mimar Sinan in Edirne, there are other structures erected by this renowned Ottoman architect in the city. Among other mosques, a caravanserai, a bridge and a bazaar, there is also the building of Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Bath, located in the heart of the old town, opposite the Üç Şerefeli Mosque.
Visiting the mosques of Edirne is not only a great lesson on architecture and history but also an illustration how modern practical solutions can damage the pure beauty of the Ottoman buildings. This fact can be easily observed on the example of Süle Çelebi Mosque.
Şahmelek Mosque (tr. Şahmelek Camii) is one of many historical mosques located in the former capital of the Ottoman Empire - Edirne. The mosque, erected in 1429, is an important building, representative for the early-Ottoman architecture.