Turkey’s northwestern Bursa province, one of the former capital cities of the Ottoman Empire, on Thursday was chosen as the 2022 Culture Capital of the Turkic World, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.
The decision was taken in the 38th meeting of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY), which was held in Uzbekistan's Khiva province.
Bursa is home to historical mosques, madrasah, tombs and other architectural works.
Speaking at the meeting before the decision, Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy underlined the historical importance and national beauties of Bursa.
"I would like to announce with great pleasure the candidacy of Bursa – which served as the capital of the Ottoman Empire – as the Culture Capital of the Turkic World. It fascinates visitors with its historical and architectural texture and its natural beauties," Ersoy said.
At the meeting, the participants accepted the proposal and decided to declare Bursa as the 2022 Culture Capital.