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Komotini - Imaret of Komotini Imaret of Komotini
Ecclesiastical Museum
The Imaret of Komotini is the oldest surviving Ottoman monument of Europe. Dated between the early 1360 and the early 14th century, it was built by the Ottoman Gazi Achmet Evrenos. It was part of the walled city that existed there in the 19th century however when the city was conquered by the Bulgarians it was converted into a Christian church. Letters of the Cyrillic alphabet are still preserved at the door on the arch. The venue has changed use over the centuries. In 1924 the facility was used as part of an ice making factory complex while some spaces were used until 1973 by the electricity company of Komotini. Today Imaret houses the ecclesiastical museum, with exhibits like icons, vestments, artifacts and manuscripts.
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