Mayor of Edirne Hamdi Sedefçi explains that they are planning to hold a tender for the renovation project in March. "The project was approved by UNESCO and sent to Turkey. After Ministry of Culture approval, the project will be brought to Edirne where it will be discussed at the Council of Monuments. We are hoping that the Council of Monuments will approve the project, in which case we will be holding a tender by March of next year," states.
Selimiye Mosque was built by Sinan (Mimar Sinan), a famous Ottoman architect by the request of Ottoman Sultan Selim II. Considered a "masterpiece" by Sinan himself, the Selimiye Mosque is one of the most important works of Ottoman architecture. On June 28th, 2011 the Selimiye Mosque and Külliye were added to UNESCO's World Heritage List during a meeting in Paris of the World Heritage Committee.