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Set among orchards watered by plentiful mountain streams, Bursa is a city of brightly coloured houses and winding streets dotted with fountains. It lies inland from the southern shore of the Sea of Marmara, to the south of Istanbul and sits on the lower slopes of Mt Uludag looking over the river plain below. It retains its Ottoman flavour and contains some outstanding examples of Ottoman architecture.
The vast array includes the Ulu Mosque (1398), a vast building with 20 domes, the spectacular Yesil Mosque (1421), Orhan Gazi Mosque (1336) and the Muradiye Mosque (1424), surrounded by the tombs of sultans and their families. At the thermal centre of Cekirge you can try the hot springs that emerge from the slopes of Uludag.
First settled in the 2nd century BC and called Proussa after the founding king, the city did not prosper until the Romans built baths around the hot springs. Captured and renamed by the Ottomans in 1326, it was their capital until the late 1300s.
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