Selimiye Mosque in Edirne

Selimiye Mosque is the most important and, at the same time, the most famous historical monument of Edirne - a city located in the European part of Turkey. This Ottoman imperial mosque was designed by Mimar Sinan, the most distinguished architect of the Ottoman Empire, responsible for the erection of more than 300 buildings, including bridges, medreses, and mosques. Selimiye Mosque was constructed between 1566 and 1574, on the orders of Sultan Selim II, also known as "Selim the Drunkard".

Selimiye Mosque in Edirne
Selimiye Mosque in Edirne

Church of Sts. Constantine and Helena in Edirne

The Church of Sts. Constantine and Helena (tr. Sveti Konstantin-Elena Kilisesi, bg. Св. св. Константин и Елена) is one of the two churches of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church located in Edirne. The second church of this rite in the city is St. George's Church. The Church of Saints Constantine and Helena was built in 1869, in an astonishingly short period of just seven months. The temple was funded by Bulgarians from the regions of Macedonia and Thrace.

Church of Sts. Constantine and Helena in Edirne
Church of Sts. Constantine and Helena in Edirne

Justinian Bridge in Tarsus

The early-Byzantine bridge over the Cydnus River is one of the best-preserved and spectacular tourist attractions in Tarsus. At the same time, it is easy to miss it because the bridge is located outside the city centre and only a few signposts show the way to this monument.

Justinian Bridge in Tarsus
Justinian Bridge in Tarsus

Ancient amphitheatres and theatres in Asia Minor

This text is dedicated to all the travellers who want to see a well-preserved ancient amphitheatre in Turkey. The bad news for you is: there are none structures of this kind to be visited. If you read about the amphitheatre in Aspendos or Ephesus, you have been cheated, as these structures are ancient theatres. Let us look into this issue a bit more closely as recently many online discussions have drifted in an undesired direction because of the lack of clarity in defining amphitheatres and theatres.

Ancient theatre in Ephesus
Ancient theatre in Ephesus

Eurymedon Bridge (Aspendos)

Köprüçay River, known in ancient times as Eurymedon, every year attracts a lot of tourists who want to diversify their beach holidays on the Turkish Riviera by participating in rafting on this river. Meanwhile, near Eurymedon many attractive places for history lovers can also be found - including the beautifully preserved ancient city of Aspendos. If you travel in search of historical curiosities on Eurymedon, make sure you do not miss the historic bridge in its lower course. It was built during the Roman period and rebuilt by the Seljuks in the 13th century. Now it is an interesting illustration of the creative use of ancient material heritage in the history of the region.

Eurymedon Bridge (Aspendos)
Eurymedon Bridge (Aspendos)

New section of Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep

New section of Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep
New section of Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep

The Zeugma Mosaic Museum opened a new section last month (i.e. in July 2017). The new three-storey section is housed in a building opposite the current museum. It mainly displays mosaics from the 4th and 5th centuries CE. Nearly 3,000 square meters of mosaics are on display in this section, mostly from the Eastern Roman Empire. The mosaics show religious and mythological motifs as well as animal scenes.

Hıdırlı

Ruined buildings of the settlement of the Roman Empire period, now known under the name Hıdırlı, stand just 2.5 km to the north of Kızkalesi, on the road to Cambazlı. The settlement was founded on the ancient Roman road connecting the Mediterranean coast with Olba and Diocaesarea.

Hıdırlı
Hıdırlı

Turkey Tour by TAN team - 2017 edition - a summary

TAN team has just returned home after more than 4 weeks on the road. The main goal of our expedition was to reach the northernmost region of Turkey and visit numerous archaeological and historical sights on the way there and back.

During 29 days of the expedition, we travelled around the country, covering the distance of more than 6,000 kilometres. We made 14,000 photos and visited around 50 archaeological sites, historical towns and stand alone structures.

TAN tour 2017 route
TAN tour 2017 route

Loryma Bay

The bay of Loryma, also known as Bozukkale, is located near the southern tip of the Bozburun Peninsula which extends about 34 km southwest of Marmaris. Its distance from the island and the city of Rhodes is only 22 km as the crow flies and in clear weather, the houses and harbour facilities of the city of Rhodes can be discerned in the distance even with the naked eye.

Fig. 3. View from the acropolis of Loryma across the bay
Fig. 3. View from the acropolis of Loryma across the bay

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