Bursa Tour from Istanbul
You will be picked up from your hotel about 08:00 and our journey start with a ferry to Yalova, enjoying the lovely countryside view. Drive to Bursa, former Ottoman Capital which was founded by the Bithynian King Prusias I Cholus "theLame" (reigned 228-185 BC), and he also gave his name -altered to the Hellennistic "Prusa" the city. Legend has it that the great Carthaginian general Hannibal helped him to choose the site. The city is frequently cited as "Yesil Bursa" ( meaning 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 Uludag 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 edificies built throughout 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. After visiting the Ulucami and Green Mosque-Mausoleum complex, you will have a lunch of famous "kebap of Alexander The Great". After the lunch, we will climb to Uludag Mountain ( the legendary Mount Olympos) by cable car (first stage) which is a favourite center of the winter sports held and as well as skiing, its richness of flora and fauna has made it into a National Park and summer activities like trekking and camping are also popular. Visit to Ulucami (Grand Mosque) the major mosque of Bursa and a landmark of early Ottoman architecture, the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar. Late evening return to Istanbul and transfer to hotels.
Price : 90 euro per person
The cost including the transportation, entrances fees, lunch and Professional English speaking guide
Please noted that this is a large group tour operated by another local supplier. You shall not have high expectations.
Thanks for your kind understanding.
More About Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque)
Ulu Camii, is the 5th prominent mosque in Islam after the mosques taking part in;
1. Mescid-i Haram (Mekke)
2. Mescid-i Nebevi (Medine)
3. Mescid-i Aksa (Kudüs)
4. Emeviye Camii (Þam)
5. Bursa Ulucami / Diyarbakýr Ulucami
If considered by its closed prayer area Ulucamii is the largest mosque in Turkey. Also Ulu Cami is the largest mosque in Bursa and a landmark of early Ottoman architecture which used many elements from the Seljuk architecture. Ordered by Sultan Bayezid I, the mosque was designed and built by architect Ali Neccar in 1396–1399. It is a large rectangular building, with twenty domes arranged in four rows of five that are supported by twelve columns. Supposedly the twenty domes were built instead of the twenty separate mosques which Sultan Bayezid I had promised for winning the Battle of Nicopolis in 1396. The mosque has two minarets.
There is also a fountain inside the mosque where worshipers can perform ritual ablutions before prayer; the dome over the þadýrvan is capped by a skylight which creates a soft light below, playing an important role in the illumination of the large building.
The horizontally spacious and dimly lit interior is designed to feel peaceful and contemplative. The subdivisions of space formed by multiple domes and pillars create a sense of privacy and even intimacy.
More About Bursa
Bursa (historically also known as Prusa) is a city in northwestern Turkey and the seat of Bursa Province. With a population of 2,562,828 in 2007, 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 "Yeþil Bursa" (meaning "Green Bursa") in a reference to the 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 Mount Uludað which towers behind its 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. The earliest known site at this location was Cius, which Philip V of Macedonia granted to the Bithynian king Prusias I in 202 BC, for his help against Pergamum and Heraclea Pontica. Prusias renamed the city after himself, as Prusa. Prusa evolved into one of the largest cities of Mysia and retained its importance for the region throughout the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. Its strategic location on the westernmost end of the famous Silk Road ensured Prusa to remain as one of the largest centers of silk trade throughout the Medieval period. Bursa became the first major capital city of the early Ottoman Empire following its capture from the Byzantines in 1326. As a result, the city witnessed a considerable amount of urban growth throughout the 14th century. After conquering Edirne (Adrianople) in 1365 the Ottomans turned it into a joint capital city for governing their European realms, but Bursa remained the most important Anatolian administrative and commercial center even after it lost its status as the sole Ottoman capital. The Ottoman sultan Bayezid I built the Bayezid Külliyesi (Bayezid I theological complex) in Bursa between 1390 and 1395 and the Ulu Cami (Great Mosque) between 1396 and 1400. During the Ottoman period, Bursa continued to be the source of most royal silk products. Aside from the local silk production, the city imported raw silk from Iran, and occasionally from China, and was the main production center for the kaftans, pillows, embroidery and other silk products for the Ottoman palaces until the 17th century.
Another traditional artisanship in the city, among many others, is knife production, which still continues today. Historically, the city was a center for the production of horse carriages during the Ottoman period. In the latter half of the 20th century, Bursa became the largest center of motor vehicle production in Turkey.