The Grand Mosque of Bursa cuts a stunning silhouette against the Turkish sky. Numerous domes and two minarets rise above the mosque and make for a truly picturesque sight. The mosque features a Seljuk style of architecture and was constructed between 1396 and 1399, under the orders of Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I. Also known as Ulu Cami, the mosque is one of the largest in the city and was designed by famed architect Ali Neccar. Legend has it that Sultan Bayezid I had promised to build twenty mosques in the city, but instead commissioned a massive mosque with twenty domes to please his subjects. The mosque’s interior walls and columns are covered with inscriptions crafted by Ottoman calligraphers and is considered to be one of the greatest examples of Islamic calligraphy found on the planet. Also housed within the mosque is a lovely fountain in which ritual ablutions are performed.
The Yeşil Cami or Green Mosque is a mosque built in the middle of the 15th Century by architect Haci Ivaz Pasa. It derives its name from the color of the interior walls and ceiling of eyvans that are decorated with a mosaic of blue-green tiles. The structure is the foremost example of the Bursa site architecture and is based on a reverse T-plan and a vestibule at the entrance that leads to a central hall flanked by eyvans. The mosque is open for visitors throughout the year and is a perfect place to admire the medieval architecture.
Established in 2002, the museum features a distinct variety of carriages and caravans used since Anatolian times. Spread across an area of 17,000 square meters (180,000 square feet), the museum showcases carts hauled by oxen and horses as well as carriages that run on energy. The most prominent exhibit here is the 6th Century BCE replica of a chariot that was re-created using artifacts from an archaeological excavation. This is one of the first museums in Bursa to feature Anatolian Caravans.