The Summer School on Islamic Urban Heritage held its third panel on July 5th 201
The Summer School on Islamic Urban Heritage 2012 held its third panel on July 5th 2012 at the Yıldız Palace. This panel was moderated by Cengiz Tomar, Department of History, Marmara University, Istanbul.
Heath W. Lowry, Professor, General Education, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Bahcesehir University, Turkey presented a paper titled "From Pythion to Dimetoka Edirne And Beyond: The Ottoman Conquest of the Meric (Evros) River Valley". He pointed out the strategic importance of the Pythion Fortress and the conquest of Dimetoka peacefully. He mentioned that after the conquest Ottomans built a new Muslim city outside the walls near by the Christians inside the walls.  He also emphasized Ottomans built two palaces in Edirne. One was the Old Palace and the other one was the New Palace (Saray-I Cedid-I Amire) which was blown up by Ottomans themselves during the Second Balkan War. He exemplified the peaceful policies of Ottoman Empire.  

Onder Bayir, Director of Ottoman Archive, Turkey presented a paper focusing on the importance of the Ottoman archive for the study of history. He pointed out the richness of archival material that came from the Ottoman Empire. He explained the usage of some "defter"s like Ruznamçe, Muhimme defters, Name-i Humayun, Mukavelename…etc. in Ottoman era. He concluded the paper by highlighting that architects should collaborate with historians for using the documents in the archive.  

Eleni Kanetaki, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece presented her lecture on Ottoman heritage on the Greek lands. She mentioned the differences of religious buildings (like tekkes, camis and medreses) secular buildings (like hamam, bedesten, khans, libraries, imarets) and works of military architecture (like castles, fortresses) . She pointed out that there were many Ottoman styled mosques (cami) in Greece. She exemplified the mosques in Rhodes, Crete, Ioannina, Larissa, Nafplio, Chania, Trikala and Athens. She explained some minarets were renovated but some of them had to be removed due to structural problems. She also mentioned those Ottoman heritages in Greece were in use as galleries, auditoriums or museums today. She concluded the paper by highlighting that mentality of young people should be changed about Ottoman monuments and heritages.
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