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One of the most famous mosques in Turkey, Grand Mosque is located within the borders of Osmangazi. Featuring 20 domes, the largest mosque of Turkish history, this mosque is the most important historical asset you need to see. Remained from the era of Kingdom of Great Britain, Bursa Castle is another important spot you should see in the district. Beside numerous important mosques like Green Mosque, Orhan Mosque and Hudavendigar Mosque, Osmangazi also features about twenty mausoleums, Osman Gazi, Orhan Gazi, Murad II and Cem Sultan being in the first place. Historical inns and bazaars of the district are also quite famous. Koza Inn, Eski İpek Inn, Coppers’ Bazaar and Grand Bazaar are only a few of them. You need to spare a couple of days to thoroughly wander around the district which bears such importance for Ottoman.
The largest district of Bursa and located on a junction point of other districts, Osmangazi consists the city centre with districts Nilufer and Yildirim. Situated on an area of about 1200 squaremeters, Osmangazi’s resident population has reached 850 thousand people. Of course this number increases so much more thanks to the domestic and foreign tourists visiting the district at every season of the year. Osmangazi, where the first settlement started in at least 700s BC, is located at the skirts of Uludag and takes its current name from the founder of Ottoman Empire. What makes the district a favourite touristic destination is that it hosted important civilizations throughout the history and that it was also the capital of Ottoman Empire for a long time. Therefore, the district features countless historical structures that bear the traces of Ottoman.
Osmangazi is not only rich for its historical structures but also for its natural beauties. Resat Oyal Park and Botanical Park are the most famous parks in the district. Inkaya Centuries-old Plane Tree is a frequently visited spots both by tourists and local people with its history of 600 years, where you can sip your tea under the shadows. Officially located within the borders of district Osmangazi, Uludag National Park is probably the most popular natural beauty in the district. You can visit Uludag also in summer, which is mostly known as the frequent destination of ski enthusiasts in winter. It’s a joy to take walks, witness the natural habitat of many animals and even set up a camp here.
Other places worth to see in Osmangazi are Bursa City Museum, Bursa Archaeology Museum, Karagoz Museum, Saitabat Waterfalls, Tophane Clock Tower, Anatolian Cars Museum and Sultan Mansion. If you get hungry while visiting all these places, first thing you need to taste is of course world-famous dish of Bursa; Iskender kebab. Cantik, pita meatballs, Kemalpasa dessert and cendere baklava are also among the delicacies of Bursa you need to taste in Osmangazi.
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