Panorama 1326 Bursa Con­quest Mu­seum on its way

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Culture & Arts -

WITH con­struc­tion ini­ti­ated by the the Bursa Os­mangazi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in 2015, the Panorama Con­quest Mu­seum, which will present the con­quest of Bursa and the story of the foun­da­tion of the Ot­toman Em­pire, is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of this year.

The mu­seum, whose prin­ci­pal con­sul­tant was pro­fes­sor Halil İnancık, who passed away last July, was de­signed to be a green build­ing. There will be an ob­ser­va­tion ter­race and olive trees on the up­per part of the mu­seum, which is built over 4,300 square me­ters near the Ebu İshak neigh­bor­hood’s Kam­ber­ler His­tor­i­cal Park. Ar­ti­fi­cial wa­ter­falls will also be in­stalled in the mu­seum.

Cafes, con­fer­ence halls, a li­brary, ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices and an ex­hi­bi­tion hall with a ca­pac­ity of 1,000 peo­ple will also be found in the mu­seum, which will dis­play spe­cial vi­su­als to in­tro­duce the con­quest of Bursa and the story of the Ot­toman Em­pire’s es­tab­lish­ment.

Os­mangazi Mayor Mustafa Dün­dar told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the foun­da­tion of the mu­seum was laid in Au­gust 2015.

Ex­plain­ing that the mu­seum will be a cul­tural cen­ter, Dün­dar said: “This place will be kind of an ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter. When stu­dents visit, they will learn of this pe­riod by see­ing for them­selves. Six­teen im­por­tant events in Bursa’s his­tory will be de­picted in the 16 paint­ings at the en­trance of the mu­seum. In ad­di­tion, this build­ing will be im­por­tant for its ar­chi­tec­ture. The place will have a new sil­hou­ette. We have built a build­ing with ma­te­ri­als such as stone, mar­ble and tile, which were pro­vided from Bursa. There are some smart build­ings like this one in Turkey, but there is no other ex­am­ple of it in Bursa.”


Ex­plain­ing that en­ergy will be used ef­fi­ciently in the mu­seum, Dün­dar said: “It will be a build­ing that saves on en­ergy in heat­ing and cool­ing. Foun­tains and pools will con­trib­ute to the cool­ing of the build­ing in the sum­mer months. Rain wa­ter will be stored, too.”

Ex­press­ing their hap­pi­ness to in­tro­duce a build­ing like this in Bursa, Dün­dar said: “The paint­ing of the mu­seum will be pre­pared by the artists who also did the paint­ings for the Panorama 1453 His­tory Mu­seum in Is­tan­bul. This build­ing is im­por­tant for Turk­ish his­tory. The foun­da­tion of the Ot­toman Em­pire will be de­picted there. We will have the op­por­tu­nity to see the siege of the fortress and the con­di­tion of Bursa in 1326. The mu­seum is com­bined with a park here. When looked at from out­side, the mound and the globe can be seen. The en­trance of the mu­seum will be through the park like a shelter. The sur­round­ing area will be en­livened and Bursa will have a nice cen­ter.

“The fi­nal touches and the ar­range­ment of the gar­den are be­ing done now. After we com­plete it soon, we will leave ev­ery­thing to the artists. The artists will paint the old Bursa nearly a month later. We hope to fin­ish it at the end of this year. We plan to hold the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony in April 2018, as part of the con­quest fes­ti­vals of Bursa,” the mayor said after he ex­plained that the con­struc­tion of the mu­seum, which will cost TL 35 mil­lion ($9.6 mil­lion), has been com­pleted.

A mini-model for the on­go­ing build­ing of the Panorama Mu­seum in Bursa.

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