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Located in the Marmara Region, Bursa takes place at the southeast of Marmara Sea. It has a shoreline of 135 km to the sea. With a long history, according to archaeological investigations, tracing back to 4000B.C., the city holds many great historical religious works pertaining to Christianity, Islam and Jewish religions.
Bursa has many historical artifacts belonging, especially, to Christianity and Ottoman Empire. The city is one of the most significant tourist locations of Turkey. Matchless natural places, castles and ramparts, innumerable churches, mosques and synagogues, mausoleums, many museums, madrasas, public houses, bridges and more stand as the tourism potential of the city.
Iznik Archaic City as a district of Bursa located 86 km away from the south east of the city is the main historical value of the city that you should experience. This history treasury evokes an unprecedented outdoor museum. Turning out as the capital of, in turn, four empires throughout the history and being the first Turkish capital, Iznik is relatively crucial for Christianity world due to the 1st and the 7th consuls to be held and significant arbitraments to be taken here. Lots of museums and archaic ruins are waiting for you.
While Cumalikizik district is famous for its houses Mudanya district is popular in the city considering summer tourism.
Yildirim Mosque and Tomb, Yesil (Green) Mosque and Tomb, Emir Sultan Mosque and Tomb, Ulu Mosque, Hudavendigar Mosque and Kulliye (complex of buildings adjacent to the mosque), Gerus Synagogue, Ets Ahayim Synagogue, Mayor Synagogue, French Church, Koimesis Church, Aziz Typhoons Church, Bursa Castle, İznik Castle, Kestel Castle and more are amazing places that you will be allured by.To Top
Culture & Entertainment
Handicraft is a fairly developed fragment of the culture of the city. While hand loom of sari, carpet, rug and kilim was dominant in the past, today, this kind of handicraft is performed via factories.
Because sericulture is pervasive in the city the silk industry is fairly a developed sector. In addition to sericulture, making kofun (a kind of basket made of chestnut), saraclik (making the sets of pack animals), making knives, making packsaddles, Iznik ceramics and hosiery business is pretty pervasive at the city. Especially, Iznik's ceramics is worldwide famous. Iznik's porcelain products are exhibited at a great deal of museums in the world.
Also, folk music is one of the significant partitions of the city culture. There are lots of music instruments used here. Tabor, drum and horn, violin, clarinet, accordion and baglama (a stringed instrument) are all used in the folk dances special to the city.
Uludag Mountain being 36 km away from the south of the city is the most popular skiing center of Turkey. Also, this mountain is eligible for trekking, camping and picnic in summer. You should come to this mountain whether for skiing in winter or for entertainment in summer.
There are many beaches along the 135 km coast of the city. Karacabey, Mudanya, Gemlik, Yenikoy, Bayramdere, Kursunlu, Mesudiye, Egerce and Esence beaches are magnificent places to enjoy yourself. Also, along the coasts of Iznik and Ulubat (Apolynot) Lakes, there are beaches that will make you tipsy.
Thermal tourism is also pervasive in the city. There are a great range of hot springs to make use of. Mineral waters at Citli, Mineviz and Akarca Villages, Ilicakli, Cekirge (locust), Oylat, Dumbuldek hot springs and more are the alternatives for a healthy and natural vacation. You should not miss it.
There are bird paradises in the city, too. Iznik Lake, Uludag Mountain, Ulubat Lake, and Karacay Delta are special areas for quite different and many kinds of birds. You should go and experience these locations.To Top
Food & Drink
Rich Bursa cuisine is mostly the product of Ottoman culinary culture. This substantial cuisine contributed to the list of the traditional Turkish dishes. Iskender kebab, inegol kofte, kemalpasa sweet, chestnut sugar and mihalic cheese are the popular Bursa foods and sweets adding to Turkish cuisine. Also, Iznik is famous for its olive gardens.
Soups: Tarhana, dede, sipsi, fish, ogmac, iskembe....
Vegetables: Celeriac with meat, cabbage dolma with olive oil and chestnut...
Meat foods: Doner kebab (Iskender Kebab), mubatr dolma, ciger sarma, inegol kofte, and damat paca...
Sweets: Cennet kosku (heaven villa), dilber dudagi, ramazan helva, baklava with walnut, chest kemalpasa sweet with cheese, fig dolma, zerde, kaymacina...
Pastries: Walnut dolma, soble, yufkali paca...
ShoppingSilk weaving goods and towels unique to Bursa are world wide famous. Likewise, Iznik ceramics is popular all over the world.
Bedesten is the most famous shopping place in the city. Koza Han (the silk producers' bazaar) next to Orhan Mosque above Bedesten is the most convenient place for quality silk products. You can buy silk blouses, clothes, scarves, table clothes and more at this location.
Covered Bazaar of the city offers different alternatives. You can buy authentic towels from here. Zafer Plaza is another significant shopping center including boutiques of famous brands.