Yıldırım Beyazıt Külliyesi is a mosque complex perched on a hill to the northeast of the old town. The complex, part of Bursa’s UNESCO World Heritage listing, contains a medrese and tomb along with parks and trees. It’s a very pleasant space to visit.
The mosque, Yıldırım Beyazıt Camii, was built in 1391 and is set at the highest point of the hill. It has a dark interior and is similar in design to other imperial Ottoman mosques in Bursa. Click here for a virtual tour.
The medrese (religious school) of the mosque was completed in 1399. It continues to serve to this day, but as a public hospital.
The Yıldırım Beyazıt Türbesi is the tomb of the builder of the mosque complex, Sultan Beyazıt I, one of the most powerful rulers of the Ottoman Empire. He conquered Bulgaria and northern Greece and laid siege to Constantinople. He was captured in the Battle of Ankara against the Timurid Empire in 1402 and died in captivity in 1403. His death sparked an 11 year Ottoman civil war among his sons, which was won by Mehmet I. Click here for a virtual tour of the tomb.
We walked to the complex from the Yeşil Türbe and it took only 15 minutes. It’s also near the Gökdere metro station.