Orhagazi 42 km (26 mile) far to Bursa . Formed with the name Basilinopolis in 4th century BC, Orhan Gazi is a district of Bursa and located at the south of Marmara Sea and west of Iznik Lake.  Orhan Gazi is situated on a very fertile plain at the shores of Iznik Lake.  Karamursel district and Yalova are at its north, Gemlik at its west, Yenisehir at its south and Iznik districts are at its east.     The district is dish-shaped because it is surrounded by the Samanli Mountains at north and Katirli Mountains at the south.  It is 45 kilometers away from Bursa. Its altitude from sea level is 125 meters and the population is approximately 75,000.

The economy in Orhan Gazi is based on agriculture and industry. Mosaics are another important source of income in the district. Aside from citrus, all kinds of fruits and vegetables are raised.  The vast majority of the 25 villages under Orhan Gazi have olive groves. Every year, traditionally, an olive festival is organized. Textile and metal industry establishments are active in Organgazi.  39% of the district’s population works in the industry.  Gedelek pickles (and marinated vegetables), forestry and animal breeding are the other sources of income.

In history, the district was under the rule of Bithynia, Romans, Byzantine and the Seljuks and in 1332 it was conquered by Orhan Gazi and joined the Ottoman lands.  The city was donated, by Orhan Gazi, to the Mevlana Alaaddin Madrasah located in Iznik as a foundation.  Orhan Gazi became a district in 1893.  After this date, the city experienced rapid development and the district referred to as Pazarkoy was named Orhan Gazi in 1913.  Invaded by the Greeks on September 20, 1919, Orhan Gazi was freed on September 10, 1922 but because the town was burned down, the central district was moved to Gurle for two years. Orhan Gazi was a growing migration city and in the 1880s immigrants from Caucasus and Rumelia came and settled there.  In lieu of the Armenians who had to leave after the War of Independence, immigrants coming from Greece were placed in the region.  The immigrants that came from Bulgaria and Macedonia in 1951 formed what is known today as the Hurriyet Mahallesi (Liberty Neighborhood).

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