Bursa, Turkey

General Information

Regional secretariat


Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire

Registration Year


Historical function

Political and economic

Registration Criteria

criteria (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (vi)

Historical Reference

Bursa and Cumalıkızık: The Birth of the Ottoman Empire is a serial nomination of eight component sites in the City of Bursa and the nearby village of Cumalıkızık, in the southern Marmara Region. The site illustrates the creation of an urban and rural system establishing the Ottoman Empire in the early 14th century. The property illustrates key functions of the social and economic organization of the new capital which evolved around a new civic centre. These include commercial districts of khans, kulliyes (religious institutions) integrating mosques, religious schools, public baths and a kitchen for the poor as well as the tomb of Orhan Ghazi, the founder of the Ottoman dynasty. One component outside the historic centre of Bursa is the village of Cumalıkızık, the only rural village of this system to show the provision of hinterland support for the capital.



Mr. Alinur Aktas

Mayor of Bursa
Bursa Metropolitain Municipality

Zafer Mh. Ankara Yolu Cd. C Blok No:1 K:6
Bursa, Turkey

(+90 224) 441600

Mr. Abdülkadir Karlik

Deputy of Mayor of Metropolitan Municipality
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality

Atatürk Road Uçak Street No:1 BP: 16020
Bursa, Turkey

(+90 224) 280 90 41

Ms. Eser Çalikusu

Department of Culture and Tourism - Historical & Cultural Heritage Directorate - Bursa Site Management Unit
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality

+90 224 248 88 68 / +90 224 223 91 89

Mr. Aziz Elbas

Head of Culture and Tourism Department
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality

Zafer Mah. Ankara Yolu Cad. No:1
Bursa, Turkey

(0224) 716 16 90-91 / (0224) 221 20 48

Prof. Dr. Neslihan Dostoglu

Chair, Department of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture

Ataköy Campus, Bakirköy 34156
Istanbul, Turkey

(+ 90) 212 498 42 82

Ms. Ceren Pala

Department of Culture and Tourism - Historical and Cultural Heritage Branch
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality

Bursa Site Management Unit, B Block Floor : 5
Bursa, Turkey