Selimiye Foundation Museum in Edirne

Selimiye Foundation Museum (tr. Selimiye Vakıf Müzesi) is the place worth visiting if you want to learn more about Selimiye Mosque complex and see historical objects from the Ottoman era, including clocks, furniture, metalwork, and famous Iznik tiles. It is housed in the Dar'ül Kurra Medrese, at the southern corner of the famous Selimiye Mosque that has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2011.

Selimiye Foundation Museum in Edirne
Selimiye Foundation Museum in Edirne

Mezit Bey (Yeşilce) Mosque in Edirne

The mosque bearing the name of Mezit Bey was built in Edirne in the years 1440-1441. Initially, the building served as the quarters of the religious fraternity of the dervishes and a medrese. It was later transformed into a mosque. The complex of buildings surrounding the mosque also included a soup kitchen (so-called imaret), a bathhouse, and a hotel for travellers (tabhane). All these structures were destroyed by an earthquake in 1752.

Mezit Bey (Yeşilce) Mosque in Edirne
Mezit Bey (Yeşilce) Mosque in Edirne

Muradiye Mosque in Edirne

Muradiye Mosque (tr. Muradiye Camii), was erected in the years 1426 - 1436, on the orders of the Sultan Murad II, who gave the building its name. This mosque is distinguished from other mosques of Edirne because of the tiles that decorate the mihrab and the walls of the prayer hall.

Muradiye Mosque in Edirne
Muradiye Mosque in Edirne

Alara Han Caravanserai

Several different places and objects are hidden under the name of Alara, which often appears in relation to sightseeing the region of Alanya. This text is devoted to the Seljuk caravanserai bearing this name, but keep in mind that Alara is also the name of the stream flowing close to this building, a nearby castle, and a waterfall, situated in a different location.

Alara Han Caravanserai
Alara Han Caravanserai

Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Edirne

The Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Edirne seems to be one of the more enjoyable and well organised among many local museums we had the opportunity to visit in Turkey. Exhibitions are well described, although unfortunately some information is provided only in Turkish. Collections are presented in a variety of ways: chronologically, geographically, and thematically. The garden surrounding the museum is also worth recommending, as it includes one of the most fascinating and unique exhibits - a dolmen from the village of Lalapaşa Hacılar.

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