Eceabat is a town situated on the eastern side of the Gallipoli Peninsula, on the shore of the Dardanelles. Its current importance for tourism in the region results from the proximity of the most important places associated with the military campaign during the First World War, including battlefields and cemeteries of the fallen soldiers. In addition, Eceabat is an important ferry port which enables crossing the Dardanelles Strait to the city of Çanakkale, located on the Asian shore of the strait.
If you want to get from the centre of Edirne to the district of Karaağaç, south-west of the city, it is necessary to cross two rivers - Maritsa and Tunca. The crossing is possible because of two historical bridges, located just to the north of the intersection point of these two rivers.
Sinekkale, literally the Castle of Flies, is actually a complex of ancient farmstead buildings, located in Cilicia. These buildings date back to the late Roman and early Byzantine periods. They belonged to the so-called villa rustica. This Latin phrase describes a villa located in rural areas. A villa rustica was the heart of a large agricultural estate (latifundium). It served both as a residence of the landowner, his family, and retainers and also as a farm management centre. It was surrounded by barns, sheds, and residential buildings for workers and slaves. Such was also the case in Sinekkale where an olive-oil press was identified among other workshops, on the estate's extensive grounds.
Despite the widespread belief that the ancient city of Adramyttion was situated in modern Edremit, as its name is a corruption of the ancient one. However, the case is a bit more complicated. The ruins of Adramyttion are located in the beach district of the town of Burhaniye, known simply as Ören i.e. ruins, 24 km to the south of Edremit.
While walking around Edirne, visitors find numerous historical buildings from the Ottoman period. The most famous of them is undoubtedly the Selimiye Mosque, which makes the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, there are also mosques completely forgotten and neglected. An excellent example of such a structure is Atik Alipaşa mosque, located in the Kaleiçi district.
After the conquest of Adrianople by the Ottoman army led by Sultan Murat I in 1365, the city became the capital of the Ottoman Empire. It lost its exceptional status only after the Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453. The Saray Baths (tr. Saray Hamamı) is one of the few remaining structures of the Old Edirne Palace, erected in the 14th century.
Apart from the grand mosques erected on the orders of the Ottoman sultans, there are numerous smaller historical mosques in Edirne, founded by various dignitaries. One of these buildings is known as Kadı Bedrettin Mosque.
This Roman bridge, beautifully situated over deep Köprülü Canyon, is an irrefutable proof of Roman engineers' ingenuity. The bridge, spanning the cliffs of the canyon, is now called Oluk Köprü (i.e. Gutter Bridge). It still provides the communication link on the route from the Mediterranean coast deep into the Taurus Mountains, to the area of ancient Pisidia.
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.