Photographer's Note

Our next stop was Ekmekchizade Ahmet Pasha Bridge (Ekmekçizade Ahmet Paşa Köprüsü), or Tundzha Bridge (Tunca Köprüsü) on the way to Karaağaç.

"Ekmekchizade Ahmet Pasha Bridge crosses over the Tunca River, and is therefore unofficially referred to simply as the Tunca Bridge. This bridge was built between 1608 and 1615 by an architect from the territory of present-day Albania, called Sedefkar Mehmed Ağa. He arrived in Istanbul in 1563, most likely as a member of the janissary corps. After the military service, he specialized with inlay in mother-of-pearl, gaining the surname Sedefkâr (worker in mother-of-pearl). Later, he took up architecture and studied under famous Mimar Sinan, in time to become his assistant. In 1606, Mehmed Ağa was awarded the title of the Sultan's architect, and the culmination of his career was the construction of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, widely known as the Blue Mosque.

The construction of the bridge over the Tunca River was commissioned by Ekmekçizade Ahmet Paşa who was a defterdar (Minister of Finance) of the Ottoman Empire between 1606-1613. The chief architect of the city of Edirne - Mimar Hacı Şaban - assisted Mehmed Ağa in the construction of the bridge. The result of their joint work is considered to be the most beautiful bridge in Edirne, clutching the banks of the 'river of gold and silver'." (Gleaned from Turkish Archaeological News)

Exif Data:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Software: Adobe Photoshop 23.2 (Macintosh)
Exposure Time: 1/1000
F-Stop: f/6.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 3800/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2021-05-29 10:01
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 1564 kb
GPS: 41.668533879011356, 26.554101461095517

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