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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" 30 May 2018

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.