You can visit Bursa to see the top sights on a day-trip excursion from Istanbul, although an overnight in Bursais more comfortable and rewarding. That way you can also see the ancient town of İznik (Nicaea) on the way to Bursa, and you may even have time to go to the top of Uludağ (OO-loo-dah, 2543 meters, 8343 feet), the mountain behind the city. More…
Bursa was the first capital (late 1200s-early 1300s) of the Ottoman Empire. The two founding sultans, Orhanand Osman, are buried here, and this is where the empire’s great architectural style was first developed.
The city clings to the slopes of Uludağ, the Bithynian Mount Olympus, and thus got its nickname Green Bursafrom the surrounding forests. Now a large, bustling city of 2 million people, much of the greenery has disappeared beneath the concrete and macadam urban sprawl. Bursa’s traditional industries of silk weaving and fruit processing have long since been supplemented by motor vehicle manufacturing (it’s “Turkey’s Detroit”) and other industry, large and small.
|Graceful ogee window in the Muradiye mosque.|
—by Tom Brosnahan
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