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Bursa Province (Turkey)

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Flag of Bursa Province, current and former version - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 11 October 2017

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Flag of Bursa Province

The flag of Bursa Province (photo) is white with the province's emblem. "Türkiye Cumhuriyeti" means "Republic of Turkey"; "Valiliği" means "Governorate".
The emblem features Bursa Grand Mosque (Ulu Cami), which is also alluded to, in a much more schematic way, on the municipal emblem of Bursa. The mosque is represented in front of Uludağ (lit., the Grand Mountain, 2,543 m), Bursa's emblematic mountain.

Built in the Seljuk style, Ulu Cami was ordered by the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I and built between 1396 and 1399 by architect Ali Neccar. Ulu Cami is the largest mosque in Bursa and a landmark of early Ottoman architecture which used many elements from the Seljuk architecture. It is a large rectangular building, with 20 domes arranged in four rows of five that are supported by 12 columns. Supposedly the 20 domes were built instead of the 20 separate mosques which Sultan Bayezid I had promised for winning the Battle of Nicopolis in 1396. The mosque has two minarets.
There is also a fountain (şadırvan) inside the mosque where worshipers can perform ritual ablutions before prayer; the dome over the şadırvan is capped by a skylight which creates a soft light below, playing an important role in the illumination of the large building. The horizontally spacious and dimly lit interior is designed to feel peaceful and contemplative. The subdivisions of space formed by multiple domes and pillars create a sense of privacy and even intimacy.
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The former flag of Bursa Province was white with the province's former emblem. "Türkiye Cumhuriyeti" means "Republic of Turkey"; "Valiliği" means "Governorate".

Tomislav Šipek, 23 October 2017

Special Provincial Administration


Flag of the Bursa Special Provincial Administration - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 5 March 2015

The flag of the Bursa Special Provincial Administration (photo) is white with the administration's emblem. "İl Özel İdaresi" means "Special Provincial Administration".

Tomislav Šipek, 5 March 2015