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A New Culture Route for Thrace: "On the Trail of Sinan the Architect: A Journey from One Capital City to Another" 28 May 2018

A New Culture Route for Thrace: "On the Trail of Sinan the Architect: A Journey from One Capital City to Another"

Carried out with the collaboration of the Thrace Development Agency and TURING and based on the works of Sinan the Architect in the Thrace Region, this touristic route was promoted in Edirne.

Organized in the garden of Selimiye Mosque, the promotional event for the route was attended by the Edirne Governor Günay Özdemir, Edirne Mayor Recep Gürkan, Thrace Development Agency Secretary-General Mahmut Şahin, Thrace University Rector Prof.Dr. Erhan Tabakoğlu, Turing President Bülent Katkak, Edirne Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism Ahmet Hacıoğlu, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Foundation University Architecture Head of Department Prof.Dr. Suphi Saatçi, members of protocol, invitees and members of the press.

Delivering a speech in the meeting, Edirne Governor Günay Özdemir stated that he will be contributing to the promotion of Sinan the Architect's works and the tourism route that is being prepared. Özdemir explained how Edirne is home to all elements of Ottoman architecture. "Edirne's importance in the world in terms of both history and culture is indisputable. I believe that all prospective architects studying architecture around the world must see and experience the architectural works of art in Edirne, they must see Selimiye. If they have not seen, experienced or comprehended Selimiye, we cannot say that they are a graduate of architecture with a complete architectural education. The project being organized is also very important. A great tourism route has been prepared. We believe that this project will serve to increase the number of tourists visiting Edirne, as well as contributing to the promotion of Sinan the Architect's work. It is a project which will ensure people who visit Edirne stay longer and benefit a lot more from the architectural values of Edirne. I extend my gratitude to everyone involved."

The Mayor of Edirne, Recep Gürkan also indicated that Sinan the Architect's Selimiye Mosque was a valuable gift to Edirne. Explaining how Selimiye is the crown jewel of Edirne, Gürkan stated, "Building his greatest work of art in this city, Sinan the Architect literally transformed Edirne into the invaluable capital city of centuries. Each of the 375 architectural works of art that the Great Sinan devoted his talented craft to is of extremely high regard. But, all of them aside, Selimiye is one of a kind. From whichever angle you may examine it from, it is a masterpiece which you will not help but turn to look at once again."

TRAKYAKA Secretary-General Mahmut Şahin explained that they prepared a route which best presents Sinan's works. Şahin then continued with: "We initiated this projects in the year 2016; and with this route, our aim was to both raise awareness of the Great Master Sinan the Architect and his works and to create an alternative tourism route in the Thrace Region. Initially designed as the continuation of a project led by Turkey Touring and Automobile Organization based specifically on Sinan the Architect's works in Istanbul, our route "On the trail of Sinan the Architect, a Journey from One Capital City to Another" will bring together the works of Sinan the Architect in Istanbul and the Thrace Region and all local and foreign tourists interested in culture, history and architecture.

TOURING President Dr. Bülent Katkak also noted that the prepared route will contribute a great deal to the region's tourism.

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Foundation University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Department Head, Prof. Dr. Suphi Saatçi also talked about Sinan the Architect. Indicating that Sinan left extraordinary architectural works of art to this world, Saatçi expressed how Sinan was not only incredible advanced in the field of architecture, but also engineering.

Journalists and Bloggers were Welcomed in Edirne

The Thrace Development Agency's Sinan the Architect Route project initiated in 2016, was promoted in the event organized in the garden of Edirne Selimiye Mosque. Following the event, a promotional tour of the route was organized by the Thrace Development Agency for journalists and bloggers.

The promotional tour organized by the Thrace Development Agency included guests arriving from Istanbul and Izmir; bloggers, journalists, writers and photographers were able to both experience the route in person as well as the cultural and gastronomic values of Edirne. Comprised of a group of 11 bloggers and journalists, staff members of Turkey's most comprehensive tour guide 'Gezimanya,' archeology and travel culture magazine Nereye, Atlas Magazine, Magma Magazine and bloggers took part in the tour.

Giving an interview to the press in Edirne during the promotional Tour, 'Yoldaolmak.com' writer Kemal Kaya stated that Edirne and Selimiye are among the top 10 places in Turkey that must be visited; 'Kutubaligi.com' writer Pinar Bulut expressed that Sinan the Architect is a much greater genius than famous Barcelonian Architect Antoni Gaudi, who has 8 works included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Coming to Edirne with the aim of promoting the Sinan the Architect route while experiencing it for himself, 'Yoldaolmak.com' writer Kemal Kaya indicated that he has been writing about his travels and places he has travelled to on his website for 7-8 on a full-time basis; "It is my first time here in Edirne. I had previously passed its provincial borders, but it's the first time I've visited. I am always going on long journeys to visit UNESCO heritage regions all over the world, but I have only just had the chance to see one of the most valuable architectural works of art in Turkey. If there are 10 places to see in Turkey before you die, one of them is definitely Edirne and Selimiye Mosque." Stating that the Thrace Development Agency has prepared an excellent route aimed at visiting all of Sinan the Architect's works from Istanbul to Edirne, Kaya continued with "We are especially pleased and excited to be part of the journey in discovering that route. We will also be sharing our experiences in our blogs and pages. Being in Edirne is both exciting and a pleasurable experience," he said.

‘Kutubalığı.com’ writer Pinar Bulut stated that there are many countries in the world that are famous for their architectural works of art. There is Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, who is known all over the world. Sinan is a much greater genius than Gaudi, I think. Even the things he has accomplished in just one mosque demonstrates his genius in mathematics, architecture, philosophy and even trigonometry. I want Thrace to reach the top in tourism. Thrace is definitely deserving of this," she stated.

Having the opportunity to see Sinan the Architect's work in Edirne in person, the group continued on to the next stop and visited the Lüleburgaz Sokullu Külliyesi. And the final destination of the program was in Buyukcemece, Sinan the Architect's Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Bridge.

You can access documents in relation to the Thrace Development Agency's "On the Trail of Sinan the Architect: A Journey from One Capital City to Another " project initiated in 2016 from the links below: