The Panorama 1326 Bursa Conquest Museum, which illustrates the conquest of western Bursa province, the Ottoman Empire’s first capital before Istanbul, and the city’s journey from the period of principalities to a world state, is preparing to reopen as part of Turkey’s normalization process from its fight against COVID-19.
The museum, which was supervised by world-renown historian and professor Halil İnalcık, who designed it in the concept of a green building and died in July 2016, fascinates visitors. It portrays a realistic view of the city’s geography through 360-degree panoramic photos taken around Hacı İvazpaşa Mosque, located in the historical bazaar and inns in the region, and topography maps. The museum features 16 paintings that describe the major events during the founding process of the Ottoman Empire, the six Ottoman sultans buried in Bursa and the social life during their time.
Becoming the center of attention for local and foreign tourists in a very short time since its initial launch, the museum is counting the days to its second opening after its closure due to the outbreak. In an interview with Anadolu Agency (AA), Osmangazi Mayor Mustafa Dündar said the museum was opened to visitors on Nov. 1, 2018, and officially inaugurated by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 15, 2019.