Bursa is a mesmerizing city that holds the title of the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire in the Marmara region of Turkey. Bursa is famous for its greens (as called by the locals “Yeşil Bursa” which means Green Bursa), beautiful and qualified silk, iskender kebap, hot springs, sweet chestnut, and its authentic architecture. Here is a list of fantastic places in Bursa, do not leave the city before trying sweet chestnut and locally invented İskender Kebap.
1- Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque)
It would not be wrong to say that the Grand Mosque is Hagia Sophia of Bursa. This massive structure with 20 domes is right at the center of the city and is respected as the fifth most important mosque in Islam. With its Seljuk style architecture, the Grand Mosque was built in 1399 by the order of Sultan Bayezid I. Tourists are always welcome to visit this very important landmark of the city for free.
Mudanya is one of the most relaxing places in Bursa. It is a peaceful coastal town in Bursa and a new district for tourist attraction. You can do and see many things in Mudanya. If you ever visit Bursa for a few days, you must spare a day for Mudanya. There are many restaurants where you can have your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mudanya has the best fish restaurants in the city. You can also visit the Mudanya Armistice Museum.
Uludağ is a very popular mountain and ski resort in Bursa 2543m elevation. The mountain is known as the Olympos Mysios in ancient times, where the Gods watched the Trojan War in Greek mythology. The natural beauties of the Uludag are protected and preserved by national park status as it is home to many animals and plants. Uludag is accessible by both road and the cable car known as “teleferik”, but we strongly suggest you take the cable car up to Uludağ. It takes almost 40 minutes to view this beautiful place in Bursa. The best time to visit Uludag is from December to February.
4- Koza Han
Koza Han is another landmark of Bursa which means Silk Market and is one of the greatest heritages of the Ottoman Empire. It was built by the architect Abdul Ula Bin Pulat Sah in 1491 by the order of Sultan Bayezid II. Once, it was a marketplace where silk cocoons were sold. It now serves as a Silk Market with too many stores in it. These stores have high-quality silk productions like scarfs, shawls, etc. You can find unique souvenirs for your beloved ones in the bazaar.
5- Yeşil Türbe (Green Tomb)
The Green Tomb is a mausoleum that was built in 1421 for the fifth Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed I, by his son and successor Murad II. This hexagonal green structure has blue-green exterior tiles, and which is why it’s called Yeşil Türbe as “yeşil” means green in Turkish. Inside the mausoleum, the tomb of Mehmed I stands in the center of the room. The tomb is a very respected place as the people living in Bursa and all over Turkey visit it to offer prayers.
6- Cumalı Kızık
Cumalı Kızık is an old Ottoman village outside the city with its 700 years old history. It is famous for its old-style cobblestone houses and breakfasts. Cumalı Kızık was inscribed into UNESCO’s World History Heritage in 2014. The old houses in Cumalı Kızık are the best examples of Ottoman architecture. They allow visitors to experience history in real terms and still, most of them are livable. This is one of the must-see places in Bursa if you want to experience the Ottoman culture and traditions.
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