Have you ever been to Bursa? The city of sultans? A city from Turkey with a great history? I did today and that’s my story.
My two-hour journey started from Istanbul. First stop was the Mauseloum of Emir Sultan. Emir Sultan is a religious man who lived in Bursa when Ottoman Empire was getting started. You can get out from the door of the Mauseloum and find yourself in a square with city-sight. Be careful if you are a cat-person! Those cats in the square kept running from me, but I managed to get photos!
I, then, walked down the square to visit Green Mosque and Green Mauseloum. (Well, I think it was blue!) I met a tourist from Colombia, there, who said that we had a great country.
After some more photos, I took the car to get to Tophane where Mauseloum of Osman Gazi and his son Orhan Gazi, the first two sultans of Ottomon, lies. And there is also clock tower which is 65 metres and was built in the beginning of 20th century. City sight is present there, too.
Then I went to Balibey Han on foot, which was a cave but now is a touristic place with hand-made art sellers, a restaurant and a cafe. I wanted to see Ulu Mosque, a great mosque from late 14th century. I saw the most crowd there so I couldn’t hang there a lot, but there were covered bazaar and Kozahan bazaar next to the mosque and I roamed in them. I found a great antique shop in covered bazaar and spent half hour in it. The shop had great objects from old letters to gasolier. Unfortunately, I couldn’t hang in Kozahan that much because I had to leave to see more places.
I took the car again to arrive at the Muradiye Complex where is full of Mauseloums. Old tombstones and more grave things were available to visitors. It was a bit creepy thinking of deads while taking the photos but it was also heroic and historic thinking of who those twelwe liers are. Murad the second, father of Mehmet the second was the greatest of them, maybe.
After my circles in the complex, I still had time to see more so I went to museums nearby and discovered the streets. I found out there was a house as museum which is called the Ottoman House. It is a three-floor building, with manikins worn as Ottoman on the third floor. I also found a museum for folk costumes and jewelry that is called Uluumay Museum of Ottoman Folk Costumes and Jewelry which had different things too. According to the man in Ottoman House said, that museum was all original things, all was really used not made-up to exhibite. It also has a garden with yellow leaves which was great to take photos.
At the end of the day, I got back with ferry with sorrow of the places I couldn’t get to see because I didn’t have time and with the joy of the places I got to see. I hope to get another chance in Bursa, so I can get to visit those other places too! If you have day-long time to lie on your couch in Istanbul, you must leave the couch and visit Bursa!
P.S. I am new to blogging, and I would appreciate all the criticism within respect.