September 2017 in Turkish archaeology

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.

Prusias ad Hypium
Prusias ad Hypium

Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Bath in Edirne

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.

Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Bath in Edirne
Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Bath in Edirne

Süle Çelebi Mosque in Edirne

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.

Süle Çelebi Mosque in Edirne in 2013
Süle Çelebi Mosque in Edirne in 2013

Şahmelek Mosque in Edirne

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.

Şahmelek Mosque in Edirne
Şahmelek Mosque in Edirne

Eceabat

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.

Eceabat
Eceabat

Ekmekçioğlu Ahmet Paşa Bridge and New Bridge in Edirne

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.

New Bridge in Edirne
New Bridge in Edirne

Sinekkale

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.

Sinekkale
Sinekkale

Adramyttion

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.

Adramyttion
Adramyttion

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