Bursa was the 14th-century capital of the historic Ottoman Empire. Bursa is currently one of Turkey's biggest cities.
Standing alongside Turkey's 'Great Mountain' (Mount Uludag), Bursa may offer a rather modern appearance. Therefore, for many locals, Bursa really does serve as the origin of Turkish culture and remains a city with an extremely important past, which dates back more than 2,200 years.
TOP SIGHTS IN BURSA
For the top sightseeing in Bursa, tourists will soon discover that the Cekirge neighbourhood is where many of the best historical attractions are to be found, and is known for its famous spas and mineral waters. The Hamams (Turkish Baths) of Bursa are also recommended, along with cable car rides to the top of Mount Uludag, and a visit to the tea gardens of the Culture Park (Kultur Park). For a taste of the city's rich Turkish history, the 15th-century Muradiye Complex (Muradiye Külliye) mosque is a must, as are the famed Tombs of Osman and Orhan, which stand next to the Camal Nadir Caddesi.
The Green Tomb is best known in Bursa as the 'Yesil Turbesi' and remains one of the city's most notable landmarks, being known for its colourful tiles and octagonal architecture. Also very imposing is the Great Mosque (Ulu Camii), which overlooks the Ataturk Caddesi are comprises no less than 20 small domes. Other impressive mosques in Bursa include both the Emir Sultan Camii and the Orhan Camii, the latter of which dates back to just before the middle of the 14th century and stands opposite the Municipal Building. More information about
A number of interesting museums await Turkish tourists and impart all kinds of information, often focusing on the days of Turkey's Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The Ataturk Museum (Ataturk Muzesi) celebrates the life of Turkey's official founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, while the Bursa City Museum is also popular and a good place to learn about the tradition of hand-weaving Turkish rugs and carpets. Nearby and off the Republic Square, the Bursa Art Gallery is one to look out for, and in fact all of these mentioned here are completely free to visit, with no admission charges whatsoever.
Many day trips present themselves to those holidaying in this part of Turkey and with Bursa being especially near to Istanbul, this has become the city's number one excursion. However, there are a number of other attractions closer to Bursa which are also very appealing, such as the harbour city of Bandirma, and the university city of Eskisehir. Directly to the east, Turkey's capital city of Ankara is just about close enough to make a day trip a viable possibility and is worth considering. More information about Bursa Attractions Nearby.
What to do in Bursa?
Take the Teleferik up Uludağ. In the wintertime, Uludağ is a snowy winter wonderland. In the summer, the mountain is a cool, refreshing getaway from the heat. The recently reopened Teleferik (cable car) makes getting up and down the mountain fast and easy. Spend a day or two skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling in the winter, or enjoy hiking, picnicking, and playing in the mountain streams and meadows in the warmer months.
Visit Cumalıkızık and eat a village breakfast. Cumalıkızık is a wonderful Ottoman village just outside the city known for its cobblestone streets, quaint houses, and excellent village breakfasts. A visit to Cumalıkızık is an absolute must and a great way to spend a half a day or more.
Explore the downtown bazaar area. Bursa’s sprawling, labyrinth central bazaar area is a fantastic place for shopping, eating, sipping tea, watching people, taking photos, experiencing the culture, interacting with locals, and wandering aimlessly. Koza Han and the Ulu Cami’i (Grand Mosque) are two highlights in the central bazaar area. If you can find it, have a cup of tea in the quiet and hidden Çukur Han.
Visit a couple of the UNESCO World Heritage locations. Bursa’s UNESCO World Heritage listing consists of eight locations scattered around Bursa dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. In addition to the village of Cumalıkızık, these sites include the tombs of Osman and Orhan Gazi and the first külliyes (religious and social complexes) of the Ottoman Empire. The Orhan Gazi külliye is integrated into the central bazaar area, while the Yıldırım, Muradiye, Hüdavendigar, and Yeşil külliyes are scattered around the city center. The area around the Yeşil külliye, consisting of a mosque, an ornate tomb, a madrasah-turned-museum, a soup kitchen, and a number of shops and cafés, is one of the favourites.
Enjoy Bursa’s thermal springs at a spa or hamam. Bursa’s volcanic natural history has resulted in hot, mineral-rich springs that public bathhouses have tapped for centuries. Today, you can still take advantage of the therapeutic hot spring water at traditional hamams (Turkish baths) or at modern spas scattered throughout the city. One of the city’s oldest is the recently renovated Eski Kaplıca Hamam in Çekirge. Visiting a hamam is highly recommended as a relaxing way to enjoy the local culture.
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24 July 2020, Friday 2 times read