Monday, October 13, 2014

Bursa - Turkey

This was a surprise card from Óscar. 
Bursa is a large city in Turkey, located in northwestern Anatolia, within the Marmara Region. 
Bursa was the first capital of the Ottoman State between 1335 and 1413. The city was referred to as Hüdavendigar (meaning "God's gift") during the Ottoman period, while a more recent nickname is Yeşil Bursa (meaning "Green Bursa") in reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban fabric, as well as to the vast and richly varied forests of the surrounding region.
Bursa and the village of Cumalıkızık were classified as UNESCO WHS last July. 

Emir Sultan Mosque was first built in the 14th century, rebuilt in 1804 upon the orders of the Ottoman Sultan Selim III, and re-built again in 1868, along slightly varying plans each time.
The present-day mosque, bearing his epithet Emir Sultan, and situated in Bursa quarter of the same name (although written contiguously, as “Emirsultan”), was built after the collapse of the original 14th century monument in the 1766 earthquake. Although the materials and the location were maintained, the style was adjusted to reflect the baroque design that came into fashion in the Ottoman Empire during the 19th century. Following 1855 Bursa earthquake, the mosque and the mausoleum of Emir Sultan was rebuilt again in 1868 (1285 A.H) by Sultan Abdülaziz. - in: wikipedia

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