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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

September 2017 in Turkish archaeology

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.

Prusias ad Hypium
Prusias ad Hypium

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