Day 2 (March 12)
Subuh started at 4.30 a.m. local time (2.30 a.m Dublin time) and ended at 6.30 a.m. We woke up with sleepy eyes… but with spirit-full heart! (poyo~ sebenarnye malu le dgn org2 uncle Mohammed kalau lambat…)
We went to Bursa – the first capital city of Uthmaniyah Empire (Ottoman Empire). Situated at northwest Turkey, 4 hours away from Istanbul by car plus 30 mins ferry. Usually tourist came here for skiing on top of Uludag Hill. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t that good, and it was about to rain that we can’t climb up the hill.
Bursa is much like Dublin I guess. A province of the oldies… Ramai orang tua daripada muda. Seeing women wearing hijab is not something unusual here, in compared to Istanbul. Even some girls and young ladies wear hijab. Suka! And they love to see us with the hijab as well… 🙂
Our first destination: Ulu Camii (The Great Mosque)
An old mosque, but functioning. It has undergone a few stages of restoration to preserve the ancient values in it. Cantik, unik. We had our Zuhr prayer here. Surprisingly, the mosque was full eventhough it wasn’t Friday prayer or Eid prayer! Ma-sha’ Allah! And some people have to take turn to pray… macam solat raya kat Dublin or Closkeagh mosque pulak. ada 2 trip…
Interior part of Ulu Camii. Fountain at the centre for ritual ablution
Our presence had really attracted so many attentions, especially from the old ladies. Just like our experience in Spain last year, some of them thought that we were from Japan. No wonder they looked at us from head to toe as we were aliens… It was too difficult to communicate with them. Macam ayam dan itik bercakap. Most of them are Turkish-speaking-only people. English or Arabic? Very little. I could remember a a young lady tried to have a chat with me in Arabic. Perhaps she saw me reading the Quran in arabic before that. (Many Turkish people can read the transliteration of Quran only, especially the young ones). She tried her best eventhough she knew very limited words. “Ana jadeed..” Yup, a new learner of Arabic language… Anyway, I appreciated her effort. 🙂
Next: Lunch at Turkish Restaurant
If you go anywhere in Istanbul, if the host offer you for a tea, never hesitate to say yes. You’ll be served with a special apple tea, and that’s how they show their politeness and appreciation.
I like it. And turkish dishes are not bad either. They eat rice too. But with the barley-like shape. Their cookings are of course, totally different from ours, Malaysians but no much difference with the dishes in Pakistani or Arabs Restaurant here.
Facts about Turkish: they have no traditional food, or costumes and so on. Since their ancestors were immigrants from all over the world, they have a mixed culture, mostly Arabs and Pakistani/Indian.
Next: Gazi Orhan Camii (The Mosque of Orhan Gazi)
Orhan Gazi, the second successor of the new established Uthmaniyah Empire (at that time called Osmanli Tribe) was the Son of Osman Gazi, the founder of the empire.
Next: The Covered Bazaar
The best place for the silks and textiles lover to shop. The price of the textiles here are mostly much lower from other bazaars in Istanbul. Bursa is famous with its silks and textiles since the rule of Uthmaniyah. It was the source of most royal silk products at that time. It received the raw silk from Iran, and occasionally China, and was the ‘factory’ for the kaftans, pillows, embroidery and other silk products for the royal palaces up through the 17th century.
Next: City Wall and the ‘kampung’ inside it
It says that the wall was built during the rule of Byzantine, but I’m not so sure. Such a great wall, though. If you climb up the wall, you can get a fantastic view of the city of Bursa. (Berangan macam raja memantau perjalanan rakyat.. hehe~)
The entrance of the city wall
A dervish lodge which has been converted to a Madrasah
There’s a few numbers of mosques and ‘madrasah’s inside the city wall that I can’t describe them all here. Nanti tak cukup page.. It’s better for you to go and see… hehe~
Next: Yesil Camii (The Green Mosque)
The last destination, I suppose, before we go shopping at the shop near the mosque…