Monday, January 27, 2014

Beautiful Bursa

Bursa. From an old Salname. Download the full-sized version here.

Beautiful Bursa. Forgotten Capital of the Ottoman Empire and resting place of Osman Gazi (see close up). The Pearl of the Marmara. The Paris of Asia Minor. Queen of Peaches. King of Pickles. A town Carl Sandberg once called the hog-butcher to nowhere. Turkey's Detroit. The only Balkan city in Anatolia. Home of the Iskender. Light of my life, fire of my lunch.

That's all I've got to say about Bursa. If you want to know more you'll have to wait for Elcin Arabaci, who is not only from Bursa but will soon be publishing an exceptional article about the impact of the city's industrialization on late 19th century sectarianism.