Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) Tours

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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.

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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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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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  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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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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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

Discover the former capital and silk trade hub of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa, during a privately guided day trip from Istanbul. Head Bursa to by vehicle and ferry and explore famous attractions to learn about ancient Ottoman history. Admire the brilliance of the Green Mosque and gain insight into the ascendance of the city’s silk trade market during a visit to the Bursa Silk Market and the Koza Han building. This tour also climbs to the peak of Mt Olympus by cable car for mesmerizing panoramas of the city below. 
  • Duration: 13 hours
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Bursa Full-Day Tour From Istanbul: Green Mosque, Mt Olympus

Cross the Sea of Marmara to the Ottoman Empire's earliest capital on a full-day trip to Bursa from Istanbul. Sample locally grown foods, explore community markets and tour a 14th-century, Seljuk-style mosque. Get sweeping views of the rugged alpine landscape while riding a teleferique up Mount Olympus for a Turkish BBQ lunch with time to explore on your own. Visit an atmospheric tea house in the old Silk Market to learn about Bursa’s historic artisans and traders then finish your day with a return trip to Istanbul.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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  • Duration: 15 hours
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Day Trip from Istanbul to Bursa: The Ottoman Capital

Take in the highlights of UNESCO-listed Bursa on this full-day tour from Istanbul, starting with a scenic ferry ride across the Sea of Marmara. Discover how the city was the one-time capital of the Ottoman Empire, and why it’s nicknamed ‘Green Bursa’ as you tour the famous Green Mosque, stroll the Silk Market and ride the cable car to the top of Mt Olympus for an impressive city view.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Private Tour From Istanbul to Green City Bursa in a day

Discover the historic city of Bursa on a private full-day tour from Istanbul with an informative guide. Visit highlights of the Ottoman Empire’s first capital including the Green Mosque (Yeşil Mosque), Grand Mosque (Ulu Camii), Covered Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı) and Old Silk Market (Koza Han), and Green Tomb (Yeşil Türbe). Ride the cable car to the top of Mt Olympus (Uludağ), where you enjoy cooler air and sweeping views of scenic Uludağ National Park. Your tour includes lunch, private transport, and pickup and drop-off at Istanbul hotels.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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