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Gay Bars and Clubs in Bursa:
There is not any exclusively gay
cafe, bar club in Bursa
Following venues are reported by local visitors as gay friendly venues, but this not yet confirmed by the owners. They may be worth trying but do not expect a visible gay-scene in these venues.
King's Burger Cafe
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Although there is not a gay exclusive cinema in
Bursa although some straight porno-cinemas are frequented by
gay men. Because of Turkey's bisexual culture it's possible
to have some limited action in most of such places. In a few of
them gays are really welcomed. But still better be a little
discrete , because they are open to the public. Make sure that
you are approaching the right person because they are all visited by straight men as well.
Altiparmak Caddesi, Bursa
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Homosexuality is not, and has never been illegal in Turkey and
individuals can not be punished by any law for homosexual
action, but any sexual action (gay/straight) is still forbidden
in public venues and can be a reason for periodical closure of
the venues by the authorities. Probably for that reason most
owners of action places such as cinemas, baths and saunas do not
like to be mentioned on gay websites or guide books even if they
want them to come to their venues for business reason.
The places listed below are not gay venues
and do not necessarily allow gay action inside. Although Bursa is very famous with its beautiful historical
Turkish bath houses (hamam or hammam), only a few can be listed
here and we recommend you to do it secretly if you get in
touch with other clients, just in case.
Kara Mustafa Buyuk Kaplica
Address : Cekirge, Kaplicalar district, Bursa -
The Kara Mustafa Pasa Buyuk Kaplica Hamam consists of three rooms - a cold room, a warm room and a hot room. They are supplied with all the facilities that you may need for your pleasant stay. There are also dressing rooms and rest rooms. Kaplicalar district is named after / famous with many spas and hot spring resorts.
Address: I. Murat Caddesi, Cekirge
Mh. Bursa -
We would also like to introduce some popular or historical bath houses in Bursa independent from their approach to gay people.
It was built by Demirtas Pashas son Oruc Bey at the end of the 14th century during the Yildirim Bayezid era. The hamam was in ruins for a long time and it was repaired in 1987 to function as a hamam again. It is being used as a hamam today. Open between 10:00-17:00 o'clock.
Address: Ebu İshak Mh. 16230 Bursa
It was built near the Setbasi
Bridge at the end of the 15th century by the Grand Vizier Mesih
Mehmed Pasha who served during the Sultan Bayezid II. era. Due
to Mevlana Nasuh and his son Mehmed being the trusteeship of the
hamam, it was named as Nasuh Pasha Hamam. When the hamam was
first built, it was a double-hamam but because the costs werent
being met, the womens section of the hamam was torn down in
1588 by the order of the kadi (Islamic judge) and the income was
spent on the mens section. The structure is being used as a
hamam today and it largely preserving its authenticity with its
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Gay Cruising Areas in Bursa:
In general, the cruising areas - especially parks are where gay men should be
very selective with the
people they meet. Especially, be careful at night time and do not carry very
valuable things and a lot of money on you, just in case.
The park with a pool located next to
(the post office at Gencosman quarter)
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Gay Groups and Organizations in Bursa:
In 2006 and 2007 there was an unsuccessful attempt to organize a gay
march in Bursa which was cancelled after severe "public"
reaction and also a LGBT solidarity association which was
unofficially declared to have been founded but later vanished
for various reasons. Both incidents were pionered by local
transvestites and transsexuals of Bursa rather than gay men or lesbians.
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General Information About Bursa
Bursa is the fourth largest city of Turkey in terms of population. In Turkey, the city is "infamous" because of some very popular gay Turkish celebrities who are originally natives of Bursa. The city does not have a very visible gay scene and there are no gay-exclusive venues. Some bath houses and cruising places listed below are where gay or related people can be seen more often. The city is comparatively more conservative than most other big cities of Turkey, but gay action is easy as long as it happens in the closet.
Known as "Green Bursa", this province
stands on the lower slopes of Uludag (Mount Olympos of Asia,
2543 m). Because of its being the first Ottoman capital,
Bursa is very rich in religious monuments, mosques, and
tombs (turbes), baths. One of the places to be seen in Bursa
is the Yesil Mosque (Green Mosque), with its carved marble
doorway which is one of the best in Anatolia. It is an
elaborate and significant building in the new Turkish style.
Just opposite, is the Yesil Tomb "Green Tomb", set in a
green garden with an enchanting exterior decorated with
turquoise tiles. Near the tomb, the Medrese complements the
others and makes this the "green" trio, now it houses the
Ethnographical Museum which certainly deserves visiting. The
Yildirim Beyazit Mosque is important as it is the first one
built in the new Ottoman style and is accompanied by the
Emir Sultan Mosque which lies in a peaceful setting. The
province is decorated with these monuments-each of which is
a masterpiece. Here are the Ulu Mosque built in the Seljuk
style, with impressive calligraphic wall decorations; the
Orhan Gazi Mosque; the "Hisar" an attractive part of the
province, and in the park the Mausoleums of Osman, the
founder of the Ottoman Empire, and his son Orhan Gazi. The
Muradiye Complex has a delightful view with its mosque and
tombs of important characters from the Ottoman era and their
tiles and charming decorations appeal to the sightseers. The
Ottoman Museum offers a lively exhibit of the traditional
life style of Ottomans.
Uludag is the largest and most
celebrated winter-sports center in Turkey. It is 36 kms from
Bursa and easily accessible by car or cable-car (teleferik).
The area is also a national park and is worth a visit at any
time of the year. The accommodation is high quality offering
the opportunity to enjoy, with a variety of entertainment
and sports activities.