Most of the visitors come to Edirne with just one thought in mind - to see the famous Selimiye Mosque, built by Mimar Sinan and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, there is another splendid example of Ottoman architecture in the city, namely: Üç Şerefeli Mosque. The name of this building means 'the Mosque with Three Balconies'. It reflects one of the most characteristic features of the mosque - one of its four minarets is adorned with three small balconies.
Uluburun shipwreck (tr. Uluburun Batığı) is the most famous part of the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Turkey. This shipwreck, dated to the late 14th century BC (Late Bronze Age), was found close to the Uluburun Cape in southern Turkey by Mehmed Çakir - a sponge diver from Yalikavak, in 1982.
Although the eastern part of the Mediterranean coast of Turkey is abundant in ruins of ancient cities, most of them are not very impressive remains of former settlements and places of worship, in the form of modest portions of city walls, partially collapsed Byzantine churches and buildings overgrown by weeds. Of course, there are some glorious exceptions or spectacular remains of ancient civilizations, which certainly include Olba, Diocaesarea and Elaiussa-Sebaste.
Not many contemporary travellers to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey are aware that one of the first scientific expeditions to this region had been organised and led by a Polish traveller and researcher, Karol Lanckoroński. He was also a writer, art collector and historian, born in Vienna in 1848 to the extremely wealthy and powerful magnate family. During his life, Karol Lanckoroński not only became a member of the Polish Academy of Learning and the vice-president of the Society for Cultural Protection but also travelled extensively.
A trip to the tiny village of Fasıllar may prove to be an interesting experience for those who are interested in ancient history. There is a stone monument in the village, the carving of it began in the 13th century BC, but it has never been completed. The unfinished monument is currently on a hillside that offers panoramic views over the village and another historical curiosity - a rock relief made at a later period.