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Bursa, the fourth largest Turkish city, is in the northwestern part of the country, just south of the Sea of Marmara. In 2014, Bursa and a nearby village of Cumalikizik were added to the UNESCO world heritage list.

Upon a closer look you will see it really lives up to its name, by proudly displaying its Ottoman heritage in the shape of many mosques, tombs, and lovely quarters of old houses, as well as by harbouring many pleasant parks, which fill the city with fresh air, and provide the weary traveller some shade to rest in—and even if you haven't found the parks sufficient enough to have this city earned the honorific of "green", then the lush woodlands of Mt. Uludag is just above that steep hill.

Ulucami is the "great mosque" of Bursa. Built in early Ottoman period, in 1399, it resembles more of earlier Seljuq buildings of inland Anatolia than the typical Ottoman mosques such as Blue Mosque of Istanbul built later. Ulucamii is perhaps most renown for the striking calligraphic panels that adorn its walls and columns as well as the fountain within the mosque whose trickling sounds contribute to its serene atmosphere.

Since Bursa lies on a geologically-active area, the place is rich in mineral waters and accordingly is famous for its traditional baths. An experience not to be missed while visiting Bursa for anyone interested in a relaxing thermal bath. The mineral water boils up from below the extensive baths built in 1555 and flows into a large central pool from a lion's head fixed into the wall.

One of the major industries of Bursa in the past, silk is still one of the major draws of Bursa. Koza Han is a very historical mall dating back to 1491 devoted only to silk.

Try the Iskender kebap, a dish originated from Bursa. Iskender consists of roasted, sliced lamb spread atop diced bread pieces, topped with tomato sauce, served with yoghurt. A similar dish, meatballs instead of sliced lamb only, would be Pideli Köfte which is definitely cheaper and perhaps more delicious.

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