|2011||Inscribed||Reasons for inscription|John Booth (New Zealand):
Edirne (known as Adrianople until the Ottoman period) is easily accessible by bus from Istanbul and Canakkale.
This fine example of Muslim architecture is regarded as Mimar Koca Sinan's master work, eclipsing that of his Selimiye Mosque in Istanbul. An unusual feature is the statue of Sinan that stands within the gardens of the mosque.
Besides being a Muslim Holy Place, the mosque in Edirne is also regarded as a Baha'i Holy Place. Between 1843 and 1848, Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i faith was exiled to Adrianople by the Ottomans, and during that period he and his family worshipped regularly at the Selimiye Mosque.
Date posted: August 2011
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