The Metropolitan Municipality, which focuses on the works that highlight the historical, touristic and natural beauties of the city in order to get the share it deserves from tourism, offers the opportunity to explore Bursa step by step with the newly created tourism routes.
Although Uludağ has the potential to serve all areas of tourism with its natural riches such as lakes and waterfalls, historical artifacts in the UNESCO World Heritage List, rich culinary culture and thermal resources, a new tourism-oriented project has been added to Bursa, which did not get what it deserved from tourism. . The Metropolitan Municipality Foreign Relations Department, which tries to promote the values of the city on every platform so that Bursa can get a larger share of the tourism cake, is bringing the hidden values of Bursa to light with the 'From History to Nature' project. With the new walking routes prepared within the scope of the project carried out by the Tourism and Promotion Branch Directorate, local and foreign tourists, especially Bursa residents, have the opportunity to discover the values of the city by walking.
From the olive groves to the ancient city
The 13-kilometer track between Eşkel and Tirilye, one of the routes prepared within the scope of the project, was covered with a walk called 'From the olive groves to the ancient city in one breath'. In the walk that started from Eşkel, which is called Daskyleion in ancient times, Eşkel-i Kebir in the Ottoman Empire and Esence today, Metropolitan Municipality Tourism Guide Faruk Kurt gave information about the historical and touristic value of the region. Ketenderesi was the first stop reached by overcoming olive groves, land roads and sometimes steep slopes. The point where fresh water meets the Sea of Marmara via Ketenderesi is a region heavily used by sailors in ancient times. In the surveys carried out in the region, wall remains were observed in the section of the coastline eroded by the waves.
Kapanca Port, the heart of trade
The second stop of the walking route was Kapanca Port, which was used extensively by Genoese, Romans, Eastern Romans and Turks from the 3rd century AD until 1967. The remains of the Kapanca Ancient Harbor, located between Tirilye and Ketenderesi, still exist on the sea surface. The harbor, which was sheltered from the prevailing winds due to being surrounded by hills on three sides, was used extensively to transport soldiers and food from Istanbul to the Byzantines who were trapped within the walls during the Ottoman siege. The port, which was used intensively for the transportation of vegetables and fruits to Istanbul until 1967, is one of the rare spots worth seeing with its unique view.
The area, which overlooks the harbor and is known as Windmill Hill, is known as the area where Kazım Karabekir's military unit was deployed during the War of Independence.
Ayayani Monastery is one of the important points on the route that takes its guests on a journey to the ancient period. The monastery, which is known as Ayani Çiftlik among the people, and which is within the boundaries of a private property today, was built in 709. According to legend, three saints named Aya Yani, Aya Sotiri and Aya Todori, who were excommunicated in the 787nd Iznik council in Iznik in 2, escaped and settled in the valley where Tirilye was located and founded a monastery. Byzantine settlement in this monastery, located on the route and built by one of the saints, Aya Yani, ended in the middle of the 9th century. It is stated in the documents of 1658 that the building was repaired and made usable and given to the Patriarchate control. Only church ruins and walls have survived from Ayayani, which was known to have been used until 1922.
From Roman road to Tirilye
The walk named 'From the olive groves to the ancient city in one breath' ended with the arrival of Tirilye on the road known as the Roman Road, which was the transit route of the caravans that took goods to the Kapanca Port in history. Tirilye, which is the end point of the trip, still maintains its feature of being one of the most important haunts of local and foreign tourists in Bursa with its historical, touristic and natural beauties.