Cities are places, where civilizations disappear and emerge, and where their inhabitants make persistent social, cultural, political and economic impacts. Cities that are both the makers and witnesses of history, and these memories shape civilization. Today, cities do not only shape states or civilizations, but also the world through globalization.
Bursa has shaped history. It pioneered many innovations thanks to its character and 8,500-year background in urbanization.
Bursa was the capital of the Ottoman Empire for one and a half centuries, and today is one of the most prominent cities in Turkey. One important reason derives from its geographical position, as Bursa is a junction for civilizations and cultures. All the civilizations that existed in and around Bursa have enriched the city by creating and adding new values over the existing ones and turning the city into an attractive destination for world travelers.
All the beauty of the region has been seemingly melted in one pot to create the texture our historical heritage, which is felt uniquely and deeply in Bursa.
Bursa is the first Turkish city to receive the title of European City. It has perfected an economic and social harmony; has vast natural beauty, curative hot springs, winter sports, and a rich historical heritage. Decorated with unique monuments from the Christian and Ottoman periods, Buras has large rural areas with waterfalls, caves, and authentic Ottoman villages waiting to be explored. The bathhouses of Bursa are healing centers that have been used since the Roman period.
Bursa is located at the southern part of the Marmara Region, creating a bridge between Asian and European civilizations, and thanks to its vast forests it is the only place in Turkey referred to as the Green City. In addition to its rich natural surroundings, the city also has strong automotive, machinery and foodstuff sectors.
Bursa is a historical treasure and proudly shows its heritage represented in the unique spatial and architectural features of the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Republican periods.
Bursa proudly serves numerous tourists every year with its grand bazaar, and Irgandı Bridge, which was built in 1442 becoming the first bridge in the world with a bazaar.
Some places to visit and explore include the Aras waterfalls of Uludağ, 1,700 meters in height and the ancient Mysian Olympus, and the seaside district of Mudanya to taste fresh fish, olives, olive oil, and enjoy the area’s blue bay and green forests. Bursa also has a large congress center and annually hosts many important national and international conferences. Additionally, the first cable car line in Turkey was constructed in Bursa, and after its recent renovation it has become the longest in the world. There are parks, hot-spring bathhouses, mosques, madrasahs, museums and more all located in Bursa.
Aside from its rich history, Bursa also has a rich cuisine that has been perfected since ancient times. Bursa’s cuisine is known for its unique dishes and desserts, which are famous all around Turkey for specialties such as, Döner kebab, İnegöl meatballs, Kemalpaşa dessert, pita kebab, walnut buns, sesame pita, and candied chestnuts.
Today Bursa is advancing into the future with a new governance that is bringing to life many projects from strong transportation solutions to cultural events, from infrastructure projects to sports, from urban renovation to social responsibility projects. All these steps hope to turn Bursa into a promising European city, a world brand with unique features strengthened with the knowledge and experiences shared by our sister cities in Turkey and abroad, and the contributions via domestic and international networks. In this city, traditions and the future are melted in the same pot. Bursa continues to develop while preserving its history.