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Green Mosque (Yesil Camii)

Located in the city of Bursa, the Green Mosque is part of a larger complex that also includes a madrassah, tomb, kitchen and bath. Commissioned by Sultan Mehmed I Celebi, it was built between 1419 and 1421 in an architectural style that would later become known as “Bursa Style.”  Based on a reverse T-plan, the mosque was made of sandstone and covered with marble panels. Two minarets that could only be accessed through the sultan’s apartments were added later.

The Green Mosque likely got its name from the blue green tiles that once adorned the exteriors of its domes. Similar tiles still embellish the interior walls and ceiling. The imposing entrance features two marble sofas on either side and a variety of inscriptions and arabesques, including a long Arabic inscription in bronze above the door. Underneath the central dome sits white marble fountain with an octagonal pool.

An earthquake damaged the mosque in 1855, after which it underwent extensive renovations. Although many of the original decorations of the mosque’s vaults and walls were not restored, the mosque remains a remarkable site to behold and is a must-see in Bursa.

Practical Information

The Green Mosque is located on the east side of the city of Bursa, Turkey. Bursa is about a four hour bus ride from Istanbul, with buses leaving the main bus station frequently throughout the day. However, you may find it more convenient to join a day tour from Istanbul that will allow you to see many of the main sights of Bursa, including the Green Mosque. Be sure to dress conservatively and remove your shoes before entering the mosque.

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Daily Green Bursa Tour From Istanbul, Istanbul, null
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Daily Green Bursa Tour From Istanbul

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Visit the former Ottoman Empire capital, Bursa, on this ferry ride excursion from Istanbul. Enjoy the 2-hour boat ride to Bursa, taking in the scenery. Once in ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.65
Day Trip from Istanbul to Bursa: The Ottoman Capital, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Day Trip from Istanbul to Bursa: The Ottoman Capital

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Explore the former Ottoman capital Bursa on this day trip from Istanbul. Travel by ferry via Yalova, enjoying the lovely countryside view. Enjoy lunch of ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.65
Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

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Get to know Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, on a day trip from Istanbul! With a private guide at your side, travel by minivan and ferry to the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $210.00
Small-Group Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul, Istanbul, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Small-Group Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

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Visit the birthplace of modern Turkish culture and the first capital of the Ottoman State on a day trip from Istanbul to the city of Bursa. Visit the Green ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Bursa Full-Day Tour From Istanbul: Green Mosque, Mt Olympus, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Bursa Full-Day Tour From Istanbul: Green Mosque, Mt Olympus

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Discover the first capital of the Ottoman Empire on a 12 hour small group tour to Bursa from Istanbul. Cross the Sea of Marmara by ferry. Then, explore the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.49
Private Tour From Istanbul to Green City Bursa in a day, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Private Tour From Istanbul to Green City Bursa in a day

The first major capital city in the early years of the Ottoman Empire; Bursa kept its importance as a commercial center, especially as the source of most royal ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00
Daily Bursa Tour from Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Daily Bursa Tour from Istanbul

Discover the amazing city of Bursa with its green nature and climb to The Great Mountain by cable car. Explore the Great Mosque, Green Mosque and Great ...  Read more

Location: Bursa, Turkey
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.91

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