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Top Choice Historic Site in Bursa

Muradiye Complex

Set in a shady park, this Ottoman-era complex incorporates a handsome medrese (seminary; 1426) and the equally handsome Sultan Murat II (Muradiye) Camii (also 1426), but its most interesting elements are the 13 impe…
Top Choice Mosque in Bursa

Yeşil Camii

Built for Mehmet I, the Yeşil (Green) Camii was completed in 1422 and represents a departure from the previous, Persian-influenced Seljuk architecture that dominated Bursa. Exemplifying Ottoman stylings, it contains…
Top Choice Mosque in Bursa

Ulu Camii

This enormous Seljuk-style shrine (1399) is Bursa's most dominant and durable mosque. Sultan Beyazıt I built it in a monumental compromise – having pledged to build 20 mosques after defeating the Crusaders in the Ba…
Top Choice Dance in Bursa

Karabaş-i Veli Kültür Merkezi

Take a seat in this 200-year-old tekke (dervish lodge) to watch the şeyh (master dervish) lead his students through a sema (whirling dervish ceremony) for 35 minutes every evening. Saturday night is a major event, w…
Top Choice Kebap in Bursa

Kebapçı İskender

This refuge for serious carnivores is famous nationwide – it is one of two eateries in Bursa claiming to be where the legendary İskender kebap was created in 1867. The wood-panelled interior with tiled pillars and s…
Top Choice Cafe in Bursa

Gren

Bursa's 'photography cafe' hosts exhibitions, workshops and other events matching its antique-camera decor and arty clientele. Relax on the deck with a coffee or fruit soda, or dine on pasta, burgers and salads. A f…
Historic Building in Bursa

Yeşil Türbe

The mausoleum of 5th Ottoman sultan Mehmed I Çelebi (and several of his children) stands in a cypress-trimmed park opposite Yeşil Camii (Green Mosque). During his short rule (1413–21), he reunited a fractured empire…
Mosque in Bursa

Emir Sultan Camii

An early Ottoman mosque, the 14th-century Emir Sultan Camii was named for Sultan Bayezit I's son-in-law and adviser, a Persian scholar-dervish. Today's structure reflects renovations made after an earthquake in 1766…
Castle in Bursa

Bursa Citadel

Some ramparts and walls still survive on the steep cliff that is the site of Bursa's citadel and its oldest neighbourhood, Tophane. Walk up Orhan Gazi (Yiğitler) Caddesi to reach the Hisar (Fortress). On the summit,…
Tomb in Bursa

Muradiye Tombs

Muradiye cemetery's 12 tombs (dating from the 15th and 16th centuries) include that of Sultan Murat II (r 1421–51). Murat did the hard work, annexing territories from enemy states during his reign, setting the scene…