Side, situated halfway between Antalya and Alanya, is not only a popular resort on the Mediterranean coast but also a magnificently preserved ancient city. In ancient times it flourished in the slave trade, which contributed to the wealth and power of this settlement. Even if you are not beach bunnies, do not miss out Side as located on the ruins from the Hellenistic and Roman times are a huge tourist attraction, and the local museum, operating in former Roman baths, has many interesting exhibits.
On the north-western side of the city of Edirne, on the Tunca River, the is the island of Sarayiçi. The ruins of the magnificent Sultan's Palace, Saray-ı Cedid-i Amire, are located there. Obviously, it was necessary to construct the bridges that would enable the Sultan and his entourage to get there from the mainland. Although the palace itself is no more, three historical stone bridges have preserved to our times and are still in use.
Edirne can undoubtedly be called the city of spectacular bridges. Two of these historical structures are situated close to Sultan Bayezid II Mosque Complex. In this area, the Tunca River divides into two branches that flow around a small island. When the waters of the river reach higher levels in rainy seasons, this island disappears completely underwater.
Sultan Bayezid II Mosque Complex is the most famous example of külliye in Edirne. The phrase külliye means some buildings associated with Ottoman architecture, centred around a mosque, erected for various charitable services for the community.