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Daily Green Bursa Tours depart from Istanbul.

Bursa is a city in northwestern Turkey with a population of 2 million. it is Turkey's fourth largest city, as well as one of the most industrialized and culturally charged metropolitan centers in the country.

The city is frequently cited as "Green Bursa" in a reference to the beautiful parks and gardens located across its urban tissue, as well as to the vast forests in rich variety that extend in its surrounding region. The city is synonymous with the mountain Uludağ which towers behind the city core and which is also a famous ski resort. The mausoleums of early Ottoman sultans are located in Bursa and the numerous edifices built throughout the Ottoman period constitute the city's main landmarks. The surrounding fertile plain, its thermal baths, several interesting museums, notably a rich museum of archaeology, and a rather orderly urban growth are further principal elements that complete Bursa's overall picture.

Bursa is also home to some of the most famous Turkish dishes, especially candied chestnuts and Iskender kebap. Its peaches are also well-renowned. Among its depending district centers, İznik, historic Nicaea, is especially notable for its long history and important edifices. Bursa is home to Uludağ University, and its population attains one of the highest overall levels of education in Turkey.

Important places in Bursa is ;

Yeşil Cami ( The Green Mosque )
Uludag National Park
Bursa City Walls
Hot Springs ; Cekirge, Armutlu, Oylat, Gemlik

Beaches
Orhan Mosque and Complex
Muradiye Complex

Bayezid I Mosque and Complex ( Külliye )
Bursa Grand Mosque
Yıldırım Bazaar
Bursa Archeology Museum
Iznik Museum
Cumalıkazık Village

Idea : This is a full day excursion without overnight. With the group we depart from the city. Then take a ferry-boat to Yalova. drive to Bursa -former Ottoman Capital- with enjoying the lovely contryside. Lunch at famous lunch of the "Alexander the Great". Climb to uludag, the lagendary Mount Olympos, by Teleferik (cable car), visit to ulucami (Grand Mosque) the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the old silk market in the Covered Bazaar, late afternoon return to Istanbul and transfer to the hotels.

These tour can be operated as private or group. For the group tour limit is 6 person.

For more information regarding the Bursa Daily Tour please send us an E-mail.

 

History

Bursa dates back to at least 200 BC. According to legend, it was founded by Prusias, the King of Bithynia, but soon came under the sway of Eumenes II of Pergamum and thereafter under Roman rule.

Bursa first grew to importance in the early centuries of Christianity, when the thermal baths at Çekirge were first developed. However, it was Justinian I who really put Bursa on the map.

With the decline of the Byzantine Empire, Bursa’s location near Constantinople attracted the interest of would-be conquerors, including Arabs and Seljuks. Having seized much of Anatolia by 1075, the Seljuks took Bursa (then Prusa) with ease. But 22 years later the First Crusade arrived, and the city entered a cycle of conquest and reconquest, changing hands periodically for the next 100 years.

After the Turkish migrations into Anatolia during the 11th and 12th centuries, small principalities arose around individual Turkish warlords. One such warlord was Ertuğrul Gazi, who formed a small state near Bursa. In 1317 Bursa was besieged by his son Osman’s forces and was starved into submission on 6 April 1326. Under the rule of Osman Gazi, Bursa became the capital of the nascent empire that took Osman’s name, Osmanlı (Ottoman).

Osman was succeeded by Orhan Gazi who expanded the empire to include everything from what is now Ankara to Adrianople (Edirne), effectively encircling the Byzantine capital at Constantinople. Orhan took the title of sultan, struck the first Ottoman coinage, and, near the end of his reign, was able to dictate to the Byzantine emperors, one of whom, John VI Cantacuzene, became his close ally and father-in-law.

Although the Ottoman capital moved to Edirne in 1402, Bursa remained an important city. Both Osman and Orhan were buried there; their tombs are still important monuments.

With the founding of the Turkish Republic, Bursa started to develop as an industrial centre. Today it’s still a major commercial centre and one of Turkey’s wealthiest cities.




 

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