Bursa is located in the northwest of the Anatolian area of Turkey, southeast of the Marmara Sea. It is the one of the most populous cities in Turkey, with a population of over 2.5 million, and one of the country's most industrialised metropolitan centres.
The history of the region goes all the way back to the Chalolithic era (5000-3500 BC). Later, after the Roman empire was divided into two in 395 AD, it came under the rule of the Byzantines. Then, following the conquer of Ottoman Empire, it became the capital of the Ottoman State between 1326 and 1365. The city was referred to as 'Hüdavendigar' (meaning 'God's Gift') during this period.
Ulu Cami is the largest mosque in Bursa and a landmark of early Ottoman architecture, which carried many elements from Seljuk architecture.
Bursa is symbolised by Mount Uludağ, which is a national park and the most famous ski resort in Turkey. In terms of historical places; the mausoleums of the early Ottoman sultans are located here. Besides, the thermal baths of the city have also become famous as they have been used since Roman times. Within the Bursa, the towns of İznik (Nicaea), Mudanya and Cumalıkızık village are especially notable for their history, ceramics and important monuments.
Bursa is also home to some of the most famous Turkish couisine such as İskender Kebap, İnegöl Köfte (meatballs), chesnut candies and Kemalpaşa Dessert.
The city’s most popular professional club is Bursaspor, who became the fifth champions of Turkey after winning the Super League title for the first time in their history in the 2009/10 season.
Bursaspor’s home stadium, the Bursa Ataturk Stadium, has hosted many historic victories for Turkey's national team such as the win over the Netherlands in 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying, defeating Germany in the UEFA EURO 2000 preliminaries and securing a EURO 2000 finals place against Republic of Ireland.