Sultan Mosque complex
is toward the eastern end of the historic
city, to the east of the Green
a short walk away.
I suggest that you take a bus, dolmush
or taxi from the center
of Bursa all
the way to Emir Sultan so that after
visiting this mosque you can walk
downhill to the Green Mosque (Yesil Cami)
complex (about 10 minutes).
The Emir Sultan mosque you see today
was rebuilt in Ottoman rococo style
in 1805, during the reign of Sultan
Selim III. Further repairs and renewals
were done in the early 1990s.
The eye-catching motif at the Emir
Sultan is the ogee arch,
with its graceful curves and upward-pointed
center. The mosque courtyard iis quite
pretty with its marble paving and marble
ablutions fountain (sadirvan).
The interior of the mosque is surprisingly
plain, but this doesn't detract from
its function as a place of prayer.
The mosque is surrounded by an extensive
cemetery which, graced
with tall cypress trees and well away
from the bustle of the city center,
gives it a calm, peaceful ambience.
The mosque is a favorite of Bursa's
most pious Muslims.
From beneath the huge sycamore
trees on the east side of the mosque complex
you can enjoy panoramic views of sprawling
Bursa while sipping a glass of Turkish
tea or coffee.
Gazing north across the valley, you
may notice two domes on a small hill
not too far away. This is the Yıldırım
Beyazıt Mosque (1391), among
Bursa's oldest, similar in concept
to the Green Mosque. In its complex
are the tombs of its founder, Sultan
Beyazıt I "the Thunderbolt" (1389-1402)
and his son Isa, as well as a medrese (theological
—by Tom Brosnahan