Bazaar and Silk Markets in Bursa

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Mar 28, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Bursa,
Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 4 (late afternoon)

Temperature: 12 degrees    
Weather:   sunny day, blue sky
We were now being driven to the city of Bursa better known to Turks as "The Green Bursa" for its tranquil parks and leafy suburbs set on the lower slopes of Mount Uludag.  Regardless of this disguise, the city itself was very much vibrant with its markets especially its silk trade which was set up in the 15th and 16th centuries.

It was 3:30pm by the time we arrived at the Koza Han building where gardens, fountains and benches were right in front of it.   This very popular meeting place was quite crowded with locals and visitors resting and enjoying a sunny day.  

The Koza Han building was a very attractive and fascinating building and was built in 1491.  Being the bazaar and silk market area, various silk boutiques adorned the second floor of this gigantic square structure where the first floor below had an inviting open patio terrace complete with tables and chairs where people ate under the warm sun's rays.  Looking around, arches and columns amplified the beauty of the building.

Well, we were here to shop and haggle….,.so that’s exactly what we did as Michel and I kept going around and around and around…..after all, we had an hour here….the square shaped structure while browsing and admiring various silk scarves of various sizes and colors.  They were all quite beautiful to say the least….temptation was there…..even a painting on a silk canvas which was gorgeous and even in my favorite purple color….but the price didn’t justify the purchase.  So, at the end, nothing was purchased, probably making Michel quite happy!

A nearby 1396 AD mosque, the “Great Mosque” was also visited where our shoes had to be taken off….luckily they had carpet on the floor because it sure wasn’t that warm walking barefoot….and a head scarf had to be worn.  A three tiered water fountain was in the middle of the mosque in which a few people washed their hands and feet customary to the traditions.

Back inside the motor coach, we were now heading towards our first stop for the night….towards the Kervansaray Termal Hotel in Bursa!

Monique   :-)   
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