Saint George's Church in Edirne

Currently, there are two active churches belonging to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Edirne. In addition to the better-known church of Saints Constantine and Helena, there is a smaller church of Saint George (bg. Свети Георги - Sveti Georgi, tr. Ayayorgi Kilisesi) in the city, built in the second half of the 19th century. It was formally consecrated on the 9th of May, 1880. The construction of the church was realised with the permission of Sultan Abdul Hamid II by the governor of Edirne, Rauf Pasha.

Saint George's Church in Edirne
Saint George's Church in Edirne

June 2019 in Turkish archaeology

In June 2019, the Blachernae Palace Complex restoration was completed, and the venue welcomed the first visitors. Among them were the members of the Turkish Archaeological News team, who visited Istanbul just at that time. Our verdict on the outcome of the renovation? Very impressive results, but there are several improvements needed, including the clean-up of the surroundings.

Restored Blachernae Palace Complex in Istanbul
Restored Blachernae Palace Complex in Istanbul

Tepecik Höyük

The discovery of the mound, now called Tepecik Höyük, has revolutionized the knowledge about the presence of the Hittites in the western part of Anatolia. The mound itself is still being excavated by archaeological teams, but information about it is not very widespread outside of Turkey, nor is its location indicated in the maps of the country. We came across it entirely by accident in 2013, encouraged by a signpost in the town of Çine.

Tepecik Höyük
Tepecik Höyük

May 2019 in Turkish archaeology

The biggest news in May 2019 was the reopening of the famous Sümela Monastery in northern Turkey, after an extensive restoration. Moreover, Uzunyuva Monumental Tomb Archaeology Park in the western province of Muğla was also opened again. The roof of the Istanbul's major landmark - the Grand Bazaar was repaired. The archaeologists started the excavations in Blaundus and the Hittite hieroglyphs were unexpectedly found in a barn in Cappadocia.

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar
Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

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