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The Grand Mosque and Green Tomb, Icons of Bursa

Ulucami - Great Mosque of Bursa
Entrance to Ulucami in Bursa

The Grand Mosque and Green Tomb are two icons of Bursa, a city a few hours south of Istanbul.

When my time with Turkish Airlines drew to a close, after exploring Istanbul, Ephesus, and Pamukkale together, it was time to strike off on my own.

I paid $8.50 for a ferry ticket from Istanbul to Bursa, a city recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014:

“This property is a serial nomination of eight component sites in the City of Bursa and the nearby village of Cumalikizik, in the southern Marmara region. The site illustrates the creation of an urban and rural system establishing the Ottoman Empire in the early 14th century.”

Ulucami - Grand Mosque of Bursa
Interior of Ulucami

Ulucami (Grand Mosque)

The main attraction is Ulucami, the Grand Mosque of Bursa, featuring 20 domes, two minarets, and a large water fountain in the middle.

This monumental mosque was built between 1396 – 1399 and is famous for its Islamic calligraphy.

The interior is quite beautiful and well worth a quick look.

Green Mosque
Inside the Green Mosque

Yesil Mosque (Green Mosque)

Another excellent example of early Ottoman architecture is the Green Mosque, built from 1419 – 1421.

Similar to how the Blue Mosque in Istanbul was named after the blue tiles used inside, the Green Mosque features blue and green tile work.

Green Tomb at sunset.
The Green Tomb at sunset

Yesil Turbe (Green Tomb)

More interesting to me was the Green Tomb, a mausoleum where Ottoman Sultan Mehmed I was laid to rest in 1421.

It was ordered by the Sultan's son and designed by the same architect as the Green Mosque.

Unlike the mosque, however, the mausoleum features colorful tiles on the exterior and the interior.

Burial sites inside the Green Tomb in Bursa, Turkey.
The tomb of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed I


Bursa and Cumalikizik: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. Click here for the complete list of UNESCO sites I've visited.

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Monday 29th of February 2016

How is the security situation generally in Turkey. I want to visit - however bit concerned with recent attacks

Rohit Dua

Thursday 25th of February 2016

The mosque is looking stunning.

Trisha Velarmino - P.S. I'm On My Way

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

All your posts from Turkey makes me want to book a ticket to the country as soon as possible! I have been doing research and I already feel awestruck with the meticulous detail and wonderful colours and shapes that's present in Ottoman architecture. Interesting to see remnants of a once powerful empire. I can just imagine the feeling if I see it in person. Thanks for sharing, Dave! Is Turkey easily accessible for a solo female traveler?


Thursday 25th of February 2016

Yes, I think it's generally okay, but as in many countries, you may get unwanted attention.


Wednesday 30th of December 2015

Nice Post! Bursa is a large city in turkey. I like bursa very much. The green tomb is one of my favorite place i always like to go there. Thanks for sharing


Tuesday 15th of December 2015

I love this mosque's details. Awesome shots!

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