Rüstem Pasha Caravanserai is located in the historical centre of Edirne, on the mainland route between Asia Minor and Europe. Even after losing the status of the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Edirne continued to be the critical military and commercial centre of the Empire's European provinces. In the 1560s, the Grand Vezir Rüstem Pasha commissioned the eminent architect Mimar Sinan to build a caravanserai in Edirne for the travellers and merchants to stay. Even today, the caravanserai still serves as a hotel, although its adaptation to modern standards has been questioned by visitors and architects alike.
Septimius Severus Bridge, located just off the road leading from Kahta to the famous Mount Nemrut, poses an exciting challenge for those people who would like to know something new and well documented about this structure. It would seem that this bridge no longer hides any secrets, as it was thoroughly photographed and described, and has a whole article devoted to it on Wikipedia. However, let's try to look at this building and its history in a more inquisitive way.
There are numerous historical cemeteries in Edirne, but Selimiye Mosque Ottoman Gravestones Exhibition (tr. Osmanlı Taş Eserleri Sergileme Alanı) is not one of them. It is just an exhibition of gravestones collected from different graveyards of the city. However, if you do not have time or patience to visit the real cemeteries, scattered around Edirne, this is a conveniently located place to see the most prominent examples of various gravestones, representing the Ottoman era burials.
Probably many of you dream of admiring the sunrise and the sunset on Mount Nemrut and some lucky people would have had such an opportunity. Meanwhile, not far from the majestic Nemrut Mountain rises a much lower hill, whose peak is known as the Karakş Tumulus. A visit to this place will not substitute the experiences from Nemrut but can be a perfect complement to them.
October 2017 was another fascinating month for Turkish Archaeological News. We wrote about disastrous results of Crown Gate restoration in Antalya, children's toys discovered in ancient Parion, another search for the Noah's Ark, and the controversy concerning the grave of Saint Nicolas in Myra.
Ecebey Mausoleum (tr. Ecebey Türbesi) is a memorial tomb of the Ottoman statesman and commander Ecebey. It is situated on a hill overlooking the Gallipoli Peninsula, near the village of Karainbeyli. Ecebey became famous as the commander of Ottoman forces that won a foothold on the peninsula in the 14th century.
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.