Treasures of Brusa

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Mosques, Tombs, and Citadel

Ulu Jami (The Big Mosque)

Ulu Jami, also known as The Big Mosque, stands as a testament to the contributions of three successive sultans—Murad I, Bayazid I, and Muhammad I. The pulpit, crafted by an Egyptian sculptor, rivals that of the Sinope mosque. Although the mosque’s current appearance is modern, its historical significance is undeniable. Admission for a party of up to three people costs 5 piastres (10d.).

Teshil Jami (The Green Mosque)

Built in 1418 by Muhammad I A Glimpse into Ottoman History, The Green Mosque is a prominent ornament in Brusa. Notable for its meticulous design, elegant structure, and exquisite marble-work, the mosque’s gate is a striking feature, adorned with the first chapter of the Koran and intricate floral designs. The elaborate inscription took three years to complete, costing Muhammad I 4000 ducats. The mosque derives its name from the abundance of green Persian tiles, particularly noteworthy in the north gallery, chambers below, entrance passage, and the entire Mihrab. Admission for a party of up to three people is 5 piastres.

The Green Tomb

Opposite The Green Mosque, The Green Tomb houses the cenotaph of founder Muhammad I and four others, adorned with exquisite green and blue tiles. The Mihrab mirrors the mosque, featuring delicate green and blue tiles and supported by short columns. Two manuscript Korans in gold ink add to the mausoleum’s significance. Entrance fee: 5 piastres per party.

The Citadel

Perched on a steep hill at the city’s center, the Citadel, once a formidable fortress, still displays remnants of ancient gates and Theodore Lascaris’ walls Tailor-Made Bulgaria Tours. Previously housing Sultan Murad I’s palace, now lost to time, the tower on the esplanade serves as a fire watchtower. The two mausoleums on the esplanade belong to Sultan Osman I and Orkhan I. The present mausoleum is a modern reconstruction after the original succumbed to fire in 1801. The Osmanieh Grand Cordon ribbon, affixed by Sultan Aziz in 1860, adorns the railing around Osman I’s tomb. Admission: 5 piastres per party.

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