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Even its name exudes strength, power. And indeed ancient Bursa was powerful - it was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and before that, a bustling city of ancient tourists lured by Cekirge's mineral baths, and of traders engaged in the lucrative silk trade.
This rich history is reflected in Bursa's attractions: Cekirge's famous mineral baths continue to draw visitors, and the vestiges of the early Ottoman Empire are very much visible and palpable in the city's camii (mosques), architecture, and the presence of its founders, Osman and Orhan who are entombed here.
While not enjoying the same prominence it once had, today's Bursa continues to be a center of commerce and industry in Western Anatolia (Renault and Fiat have factories here, while nearby Kocaeli province hosts a Tupras refinery) with modern shopping malls housing some fairly high-end brands. In addition to Cekirge's famous mineral baths, Bursa had become the ski capital of Turkey, thanks to Uludag (Grand Mountain). And the city's fashionable cafés and tea salon are filled with Bursa's beautiful people - fashionable, affluent, and rightfully proud of their great city.
- Pros:A fine blend of modernity and ancientness.
- Cons:This is not one of Turkey's pretty little towns.
- In a nutshell:A city proud of its past, and confident of its prospects.
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