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Snapshots of a Turkish Bazaar

Even if you’ve never visited Turkey, you’ve no doubt heard about Turkish bazaars. Loud, crowded, and odoriferous, bazaars (“pazar” in Turkish) have been the mainstay of neighborhood commerce in Turkey for centuries. As such, v...
by The Best of Bursa on Aug 25, 2016

Tavla and Okey: The Games We Play

by The Best of Bursa on Jul 26, 2016

Camel Wrestling: A Cultural Experience

A guest post by Sharon Rott Camel wrestling is a unique and popular Turkish sport. Each year in the early spring months, camel wrestling events (deve güreşi) are held every Sunday in cities and villages throughout Turkey’s Aegean coastal region.
by The Best of Bursa on Jul 15, 2016

Şinasi Çelikkol, Master of Puppets

Tucked away in his Karagöz Antiques souvenir shop in Bursa’s Eski Aynalı Çarşı, Mr. Şinasi Çelikkol labors away at his two loves: purveying Turkish antiques and promoting traditional Ottoman shadow puppetry. Şinasi Bey’s antique shop is a...
by The Best of Bursa on Jun 1, 2016

Bursa’s Oldest Living Resident

“This must be it,” my friend Ahmet told me as we pulled up to the edge of the centuries-old stone-walled cemetery in Bursa’s little Armutköy village. “But it looks more like a çınar to me.” Bursa is famous for its collection of 600 and...
by The Best of Bursa on Feb 27, 2016

Ulu Cami’i, Bursa Grand Mosque

Bursa Grand Mosque (or Great Mosque) is a prominent landmark in Bursa’s downtown. With its two towering minarets and 20 domes, the building is one of the most impressive and important in Bursa. Ulu Cami’i is considered the fifth most important mo...
by The Best of Bursa on Jan 22, 2016

An Evening with the Whirling Dervishes of Bursa

A guest post by Kaela La Farge The narrow street seemed to twist and turn in the darkness around dimly lit apartment buildings. The steep incline wrapped up the hillside in Bursa’s old Ībrahimpaşa neighborhood. Glowing shop lights illuminated the...
by The Best of Bursa on Jan 14, 2016

A Brief Guide to Bursa’s UNESCO Site Inscription

In 2014, Bursa proudly took its place as inscription number 1452 on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List and was officially recognized for its cultural and historical value as the Birthplace of the Ottoman Empire. Though Bursa was not the first capita...
by The Best of Bursa on Dec 11, 2015

Egemen’s Sünnet Party: A Celebration of Manhood

One of the joys of living among Turkish people is that their inviting and hospitable nature welcomes us in to many aspects of their culture. As they allow us to take part in their lives and traditions, we gain a greater understanding of their ways, t...
by The Best of Bursa on Aug 24, 2015

Visiting Bursa’s Historical Mosques

Mosques (called cami in Turkish) are some of the most p […] The post Visiting Bursa’s Historical Mosques appeared first on The Best of Bursa. Copyright © The Best of Bursa. All rights reserved.
by The Best of Bursa on Jun 15, 2015

Bursa’s Whirling Dervishes

In this Featured Fotoğrafı, whirling dervishes perform […] The post Bursa’s Whirling Dervishes appeared first on The Best of Bursa. Copyright © The Best of Bursa. All rights reserved.
by The Best of Bursa on May 6, 2015

Visiting Īznik, Imagining Nicaea

Just about an hour’s drive east of Bursa’s city center, […] The post Visiting Īznik, Imagining Nicaea appeared first on The Best of Bursa. Copyright © The Best of Bursa. All rights reserved.
by The Best of Bursa on Apr 28, 2015

Conquering Bursa

This month, the city is celebrating the 689th anniversa […] The post Conquering Bursa appeared first on The Best of Bursa. Copyright © The Best of Bursa. All rights reserved.
by The Best of Bursa on Apr 13, 2015

Remembering Bursa’s Sacrifice

These days, the whole of Turkey is remembering and cele […] The post Remembering Bursa’s Sacrifice appeared first on The Best of Bursa. Copyright © The Best of Bursa. All rights reserved.
by The Best of Bursa on Apr 1, 2015

Mexilhoeira Grande trip

Today we’ll be heading to a city close-by to the much better-known Portimao, namely we’ll be going on a quick Mexilhoeira Grande guide to talk about the particular attractions of this village.
by Algarve Portugal on Jul 17, 2013

Top 5 things your tour guide won’t tell you about Japan

Traveling Japan is perhaps the most challenging idea to many travelers from other parts of the world. The biggest barrier they are facing is language. Japanese language is hard to understand for many of us, and since most of the local people don̵...
by Travel Feeder on May 9, 2013


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