Ekmekçizade Ahmet Pasha 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

Atik Ali Pasha Mosque in Edirne

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.

Atik Ali Pasha Mosque in Edirne (in 2012)
Atik Ali Pasha Mosque in Edirne (in 2012)

Saray Baths in Edirne

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.

Saray Baths in Edirne
Saray Baths in Edirne

Eurymedon Bridge (Selge)

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.

Eurymedon Bridge (Selge)
Eurymedon Bridge (Selge)

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

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