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.
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.
Like many other historical buildings in Edirne, also Lari Çelebi Mosque is connected with the story of a man who gave the structure his name. In this case, it was the court medic of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.
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.
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.