Bursa city 680 km (422 mile) to Cappadocia and 233 km (144 mile) away from Istanbul. Bursa located north west part of Turkey. Known as “Green Bursa”, this province stands on the lower slopes of Uludag (Mount Olympos of Mysia, 2543 m). The title “Green” of Bursa comes from its gardens and parks, and of course from its being in the middle of an important fruit growing region. In Bursa there are things you should not miss. First of all you are in the homeland of the delicious “Iskender Kebap”. The candied chestnuts are a specialty and have an unforgettable taste. The peaches of Bursa are unique. As for something to purchase; Bursa is a center of the silk trade and towel manufacturing. It is also the homeland of the very famous Turkish folklore figures, Karagoz and Hacivat.

Because of its being the first Ottoman capital, Bursa is very rich in religious monuments, mosques, and tombs (turbes), baths. One of the places to be seen in Bursa is the Yesil Mosque (Green Mosque), with its carved marble doorway which is one of the best in Anatolia. It is an elaborate and significant building in the new Turkish style. Just opposite, is the Yesil Tomb “Green Tomb”, set in a green garden with an enchanting exterior decorated with turquoise tiles. Near the tomb, the Medresse complements the others and makes this the “green” trio, now it houses the Ethnographical Museum which certainly deserves visiting. The Yildirim Beyazit Mosque is important as it is the first one built in the new Ottoman style and is accompanied by the Emir Sultan Mosque which lies in a peaceful setting. The province is decorated with these monuments-each of which is a masterpiece. Here are the Ulu Mosque built in the Seljuk style, with impressive calligraphic wall decorations; the Orhan Gazi Mosque; the “Hisar” an attractive part of the province, and in the park the Mausoleums of Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, and his son Orhan Gazi. The Muradiye Complex has a delightful view with its mosque and tombs of important characters from the Ottoman era and their tiles and charming decorations appeal to the sightseers. The Ottoman Museum offers a lively exhibit of the traditional life style of Ottomans.

Something you will enjoy in Bursa are the warm, mineral-rich springs; indeed most of the hotels in this province have thermal bath facilities. The Turkish baths “hamam” are great places which should be visited in Bursa. The Eski Kaplica (Old Spring) is the oldest in the province. The Karamustafa Pasha Baths are famous, and boast the best hot, mineral waters.

As for souvenirs, you should visit the Covered Bazaar, “Bedesten”, or the Koza Han-an attractive building and also a center of silk trade. It is certain that Bursa will take some of time for you to see and add some more delightful experiences to your memories.

Uludag is the largest and most celebrated winter-sports center in Turkey. It is 36 kms from Bursa and easily accessible by car or cable-car (teleferik). The area is also a national park and is worth a visit at any time of the year. The accommodation is high quality offering the opportunity to enjoy, with a variety of entertainment and sports activities.

Mudanya is a seaside resort town from fine fish restaurants and night-clubs there so you can have a pleasant

Zeytinbagi (Trilye) is a town of typical Turkish architecture and lay out. There are sea bus and ferry connections with Istanbul.

Gemlik (27 km north), is another seaside resort with a wide, sandy beach.

Iznik (Nicaea) lies 85 kms northeast of Bursa, at the eastern tip of Lake knik. The town has witnessed many civilizations which have left their marks all over the land. This town is famous for its unique tiles and has been the center of tile production in the 16th century. Iznik tiles were the basic decorative element of Seljuk and Ottoman architecture. The turquoise-tiled Yesil Mosque and Nilufer Hatun imareti are among the Islamic works in the town.

Visitors to Bursa must try the local specialties: Iskender Kebabi, Inegol Koftesi and Kemalpasa Dessert and don’t forget the Chestnut Candies that have become synonymous with the city of Bursa. Tike Restaurant, designed to be seen as a landmark while coming to Bursa from Mudanya, the restaurant is formed of a wall construction which not only separates the service rooms but also unites them. The restaurant is built with an aim to use the trees in a harmony with the design. On the top floor, the main restaurant area is reached via the pasarella attached to the wall. This floor serves also as a display case of the restaurant which is seen from Bursa-Mudanya road. The transparent gallery on the first and second floor is an instrument connecting the two floors. The structure which was planned as two-storied, integrates with the open areas by uniting with the garden. Main functions of the facility: Restaurant, café, bar, winery, offices, staff area, playground, open dining and activity areas. Barba Restaurant, based on its good decoration and customer satisfaction and hosting notable people of Bursa, Barba Yalım Restaurant has become the indispensable address of famous people. Serving between 11:00 and 24:00 with its professional and cheerful staff, Barba Yalim Restaurant invites you to a feast of taste by differentiating the little tastes you knew or forgot with its special menus or selected tastes from Turkish and world cuisine. Open for all week in afternoon and in the evening, Barba Yalım offers unique tastes and cheerful moments for you, your family and your friends, with its selected tastes, afternoon and evening menus and Brunch joy on Sundays. Kasikara Restaurant, is a place where a wonderful nature, the green and the blue integrate. The owner of the company, Taner OZKIR shares the experience of years in Kasikara. Selecting the title of his grandfather “Kasikara” as the name of his restaurant, Ozkir presents his long restaurant and tourism experiences which he made in Denmark to his friends in Bursa. The tastes of rich Turkish and French cuisines await you in Kasikara, which has a view of Mudanya, Guzelyali Bay and the plain. The life in Kasikara does not end with only the restaurant.

You can have a delicious inexpensive meal on a chic table near the window and find yourself in a dreamland by looking at the nature. The proprietor Taner Ozkir summarizes to us: “Kasikara is your new peace station, your life-expanding heaven. I have created a line by doing business administration in Denmark for long years. Now I share these experiences with my friends in Kasikara. We work as hard as we can to give you the best service with our experienced staff for you to enjoy the feasts during the most special nights or relieve the stress of the day. Yavuz Iskender Kebap, Iskender Kebab or Iskender in short, is one of the most popular kebabs of Bursa. It started in Kayhan Bazaar in 1867. Even if it is essentially “doner” kebab”, what makes Iskender itself is the butter on it, the tomato sauce, the yogurt and the oily pitta bread pieces. Furthermore, the meat of Iskender is different from other doners. The meat of Iskender comes from rams which are fed with the thyme of Uludag. The oil of Iskender meat is less

Spread to other cities from Bursa, Iskender Kebab is still made the best in its hometown, Bursa. Tomato sauce and the yogurt increases the quality. Iskender is not doner kebab. Most restaurants serve Iskender which is made up of minced meat. This makes the good restaurants serving Iskender few. As a matter of fact, we would not be wrong is we said that the Iskender you eat outside of Bursa is nothing more than a meat dish.

There is many good 4*,5* boutique and thermal hotels in Bursa for accommodation. Good hotels are; Kitapevi Hotel, Montania Hotel, Almira Hotel, Tugcu Hotel etc.

Districts of Bursa Province

Iznik

Orhangazi

Gemlik

Inegol

Mudanya

Karacabey

Mustafa Kemalpasa

Orhaneli

Harmancik

Kestel

Nilufer

Yenisehir

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