Şirince

Many travellers find it hard to believe that Şirince, situated among scenic hills, surrounded by orchards and gardens, once bore the name Çirkince ('abomination'). The present name ('Charming') much better reflects the aesthetic experiences during a visit to this village.

Şirince
Şirince

Grand Synagogue of Edirne

While walking the streets of the old district of Edirne, it is easy to reach Maarif Street. There, at its southern end stands the newly restored building of the Grand Synagogue of Edirne (tr. Edirne Büyük Sinagogu). The fate of this building reflects the turbulent history of the Jewish community of Edirne, once very numerous, and now almost non-existent.

Grand Synagogue of Edirne
Grand Synagogue of Edirne

Selimiye Foundation Museum in Edirne

Selimiye Foundation Museum (tr. Selimiye Vakıf Müzesi) is the place worth visiting if you want to learn more about Selimiye Mosque complex and see historical objects from the Ottoman era, including clocks, furniture, metalwork, and famous Iznik tiles. It is housed in the Dar'ül Kurra Medrese, at the southern corner of the famous Selimiye Mosque that has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2011.

Selimiye Foundation Museum in Edirne
Selimiye Foundation Museum in Edirne

Mezit Bey (Yeşilce) Mosque in Edirne

The mosque bearing the name of Mezit Bey was built in Edirne in the years 1440-1441. Initially, the building served as the quarters of the religious fraternity of the dervishes and a medrese. It was later transformed into a mosque. The complex of buildings surrounding the mosque also included a soup kitchen (so-called imaret), a bathhouse, and a hotel for travellers (tabhane). All these structures were destroyed by an earthquake in 1752.

Mezit Bey (Yeşilce) Mosque in Edirne
Mezit Bey (Yeşilce) Mosque in Edirne

Muradiye Mosque in Edirne

Muradiye Mosque (tr. Muradiye Camii), was erected in the years 1426 - 1436, on the orders of the Sultan Murad II, who gave the building its name. This mosque is distinguished from other mosques of Edirne because of the tiles that decorate the mihrab and the walls of the prayer hall.

Muradiye Mosque in Edirne
Muradiye Mosque in Edirne

Alara Han Caravanserai

Several different places and objects are hidden under the name of Alara, which often appears in relation to sightseeing the region of Alanya. This text is devoted to the Seljuk caravanserai bearing this name, but keep in mind that Alara is also the name of the stream flowing close to this building, a nearby castle, and a waterfall, situated in a different location.

Alara Han Caravanserai
Alara Han Caravanserai

Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Edirne

The Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Edirne seems to be one of the more enjoyable and well organised among many local museums we had the opportunity to visit in Turkey. Exhibitions are well described, although unfortunately some information is provided only in Turkish. Collections are presented in a variety of ways: chronologically, geographically, and thematically. The garden surrounding the museum is also worth recommending, as it includes one of the most fascinating and unique exhibits - a dolmen from the village of Lalapaşa Hacılar.

Hacılar Dolmen in the garden of Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Edirne
Hacılar Dolmen in the garden of Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Edirne

August 2017 in Turkish archaeology

Millennia of peace in Çatalhöyük, majestic female statue from the times of Hittites, Neolithic finds in Istanbul, a military banner used in the Battle of Mohacs - these were the most fascinating discoveries of August 2017.

Turkish Archaeological News collects the most important, interesting and inspiring news from Turkish excavation sites. Here's the review for August 2017. Have we missed anything? Let us know by using Contact tab!

Ardahan Fortress
Ardahan Fortress

Işıkkale

Işıkkale is one of the many rural settlements, established in the Taurus mountains in ancient times. Similarly as in the case of the nearby sites of Karakabaklı and Sinekkale, also in Işıkkale you can see the preserved fragments of the Roman road, the remains of residential buildings as wells the ruins of an early Christian church, built on the plan of a three-aisled basilica.

Işıkkale basilica
Işıkkale basilica

Fortifications and Macedonian Tower in Edirne

In the place where the city of Edirne stands today, in the ancient period there was a Roman town. It was refounded by Emperor Hadrian at the site of a previous Thracian settlement had previously settled. Hadrian developed the city, made it the capital of the Roman province of Thrace, and gave it his name - Hadrianopolis. The most visible traces of this period of Edirne's history are the walls of a Roman fortress, erected during Hadrian's reign. They are now a part of a small archaeo-park, situated at the foot of the Macedonian Tower, in the very centre of the city.

Fortifications and Macedonian Tower in Edirne
Fortifications and Macedonian Tower in Edirne

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