View of the City, 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 Ottoman architecture, including the Yeşil Camii (Green Mosque) and Yeşil Türbe (Green Tomb), named for the color of their tiles. Both are visible on the right in the print. The Green Tomb houses the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed I Çelebi (died 1421). In the center-left background is the Ulu Camii (Great Mosque), built by Sultan Bayezid I in the 1390s and identifiable by its two minarets and 20 domes.

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Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan

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View of the city, 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. "16517".


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

Last updated: January 8, 2018