The historical Irgandı Bridge in Bursa's Osmangazi district, the world's first bazaar bridge, will come to life with the arrangements to be made by the Metropolitan Municipality.
The Irgandı Çarşılı Bridge, which has witnessed the history of Bursa for 576 years by resisting natural disasters and wars, is getting ready to be the favorite of tourism. Known as the only bridge between the Ottomans and whose examples are only in Italy and Bulgaria in the world, the bridge will be a popular destination for tourists with the intervention of the Metropolitan Municipality. The biggest deficiency of the bazaar bridge, which currently hosts workshops that are busy with traditional folk arts, is the lack of a parking space for tour buses carrying tourists. This great concern of the bridge craftsmen will disappear with the touch of the Metropolitan Municipality. Parking for tourist buses will be built on the north-east facade of the Irgandı Bridge. Other demands of the bridge tradesmen will be fulfilled quickly 'in a way that will appeal to local and foreign tourists'. When the studies are completed; Irgandı Çarşılı Bridge will double its value further in terms of tourism location.
Call from President Aktaş
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş visited the Historical Irgandı Bridge before the work to be done. Mayor Aktaş, who wandered the shops on the bridge with the representatives of the tradesmen and listened to the demands and problems, said that the bridge with the bazaar will regain its old charm after the necessary intervention is made and the deficiencies are eliminated. Noting that Bursa is home to dozens of historical and cultural artifacts, the Historical Irgandı Bridge is one of them, Mayor Aktaş stated that at the moment, traditional values that are 'forgotten' are preserved on the historical bridge. Mayor Aktaş said, “We have calligraphers here. Different arts are performed. In this sense, I invite our fellow countrymen and those who visit Bursa to breathe this air ”. President Alinur Aktaş emphasized that the tradesmen applied to them due to the deficiencies in the bridge with the bazaar and therefore the visit took place and said, “We came with our bureaucrats and made our determinations. If it is possible, we will implement the regulations regarding the bazaar bridge in a short time, ”he said.
On the Irgandı Çarşılı Bridge, built in 1442 on Gökdere, connecting Bursa's Osmangazi and Yıldırım districts, there are many art houses from mother-of-pearl to tile work.