I had another wonderful opportunity extended to me, this time a short field trip to the city of Bursa.
Bursa got its name when the former greek city Cius was given up to the king of Bithynia, Prusias. The city then became known as Prusa, it changed hands many times, formerly roman and even the capital of the Ottoman empire. Now the city is known as Bursa and it is known in Turkey for its famous archaeology, mosques and textile industry.
Of the many places I visited, one of the most prominent was Orhan Gazi's tomb. This tomb was built on the foundations of an ancient Byzantium monastery and much of this is still visible within the tomb.
Posing at the Green Tomb of Sultan Çelebi Mehmet at the Yeşil complex.
I had been hoping to do some shopping at some of the amazing and ancient bazaars in Bursa but unfortunately nearly all shops and restaurants were closed due to Ramazan.
During Ramazan Bursa has a tradition of shooting a cannon from this large tower overlooking the city to signal the end of fasting and the beginning of the feast. Now, instead of shooting off a real cannon, a loud sound bomb is shot at sundown.