General View, Bursa, Turkey


This photochrome print is part of “Views of People and Sites in Turkey” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). It shows the city of Bursa, in northwestern Turkey. Probably founded by a Bithynian king in the third century BC, it was a prosperous city in Byzantine times and the site of a palace built by the Emperor Justinian I (reigned 527–65). It was captured by Turkish warlords in the 1320s, was the capital of the rising power that became the Ottoman Empire, and was sacked by Timur (Tamerlane) in 1402 and later recovered by the Ottomans. The city is known for its fine examples of early Ottoman architecture, which include the Great Mosque and the Green Mosque, both dating from 1421, and the Green Tomb, containing the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed I Çelebi, who died that year. The city is located near the foothills of Ulu Dağ, a 2,543-meter mountain that was the Olympus of ancient Mysia, which is mentioned in Greek mythology and figures prominently in Homer’s Iliad.

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Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan

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General view, Bursa, Turkey

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1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  • The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.
  • Print no. "16516".


  1. "Bursa," in Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica Online Academic Edition, 2013,

Last updated: January 8, 2018