Antalya

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."

Antalya
Antalya

Bigalı Fortress

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.

Bigalı Fortress
Bigalı Fortress

Ali Pasha Bazaar in Edirne

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.

Ali Pasha Bazaar in Edirne
Ali Pasha Bazaar in Edirne

Kırkpınar Stadium in Edirne

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.

Kırkpınar Stadium in Edirne
Kırkpınar Stadium in Edirne

Bolayır

Bolayır is a town in Çanakkale Province, located at the base of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Thrace region. Despite the small number of inhabitants (around 2000) and the relatively recent status of a town (in 1958), Bolayır boasts a very turbulent history and two important tombs. These mausoleums, situated on a hill overlooking Bolayır, are the reason you should stop in this town for a moment during the journey further to the south.

Tomb of Namık Kemal in Bolayır
Tomb of Namık Kemal in Bolayır

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