Bursa is the fourth biggest city in Turkey with 2.6 million inhabitants, it is located 90 km south of Istanbul in the west of Turkey. Bursa is a busy metropolitan city and an important industrial and cultural center. Bursa is known for its beautiful early Ottoman architecture and thermal spa baths. The village of Cekirge on the western outskirts of Bursa, is where most of the spa hotels can be found. Bursa is known as a popular ski-resort and is the main winter sports area within Turkey. Mount Uludag, one of the highest mountains in Turkey, is a preferred place to visit because of its great opportunities for ski sports and many tourists from different parts of the world come to enjoy them. A cable car runs from the town to Mount Uludag, but you can also reach the summit by car or bus. In the summer Bursa allures with its old Bazaar, the famous silk Han and beautiful mosques.
History of Bursa
The very first settlement was according to new excavations 4000 BC. The first city was built by the King Prusias I and throughout all periods of settlement the hot mineral-bath played an important role for the wealth of the city. Once being the capitol of the Ottoman Empire in the 12th century, Bursa reached its peak in the 14th century. The ottomans turned Bursa together with Edirne into a joint capitol city but Bursa remained a commercial and an administrative centre.