Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque) Tours

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A major landmark of early Ottoman architecture, the Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the city of Bursa. Designed and constructed at the end of the 14th century, the mosque features twenty domes supported by twelve large columns and two minarets. It is said that the twenty domes were built instead of the twenty separate mosques that Sultan Bayezid I had promised for winning the Battle of Nicopolis in 1396.

Nearly 200 inscriptions from major calligraphers of that time cover the walls inside the Grand Mosque and, despite its overall size, the interior is dimly lit and feels peaceful and intimate.  A fountain where visitors can perform ritual ablutions sits below one of the domes, lit from above by a skylight. With a horizontally spacious design, the Grand Mosque is a contrast from later Ottoman mosques that have a more vertical emphasis.

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The Grand Mosque is located in the old city center of Bursa, on Ataturk Road. The city of Bursa is about a four hour bus ride from Istanbul, with buses leaving regularly throughout the day from the main bus station. However, you may find it easier to join a day tour from Istanbul that would allow you to get an overview of all of the major sights in Bursa, including the Grand Mosque. As with any mosque, dress conservatively and remove your shoes before entering.
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Daily Bursa Tour from Istanbul

Enjoy a private full-day tour to the historic city of Bursa, accompanied by an informative guide who shows you the highlights of the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Learn the history and significance of important sites such as the Green Mosque (Yeşil Mosque), Grand Mosque (Ulu Camii) and Old Silk Market (Koza Han). Sclae Mt Olympus (Uludağ) by taking the cable car to the top for sweeping views of Uludağ National Park. Your tour includes lunch, ferry tickets, transportation, and pickup and drop-off at Istanbul hotels.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$460.91 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

Relish an opportunity to learn about the Ottoman Empire's first capital, Bursa, during a small-group half day tour from Istanbul. Over centuries of rule, the Ottoman Empire influenced so much of Turkey’s culture and during this tour you will experience some of Bursa’s most historic landmarks. See the Green Mausoleum (Yesil Turbe) and the Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) famous for their tile decor. Visit the 14th-century Great Mosque (Ulu Cami) and then savor a lunch at a charming local eatery. Finally, venture to Koza Han to discover the ancient heart of silk trade. This tour is limited to 15 people to ensure a quality experience. 
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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$120.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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$120.00 USD


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