Historical bath in Bursa up for sale
BURSA - Anadolu Agency
The Oruçbey Bath, which was built in the 15th century, has been put on the market for $1.65 million. It has so far undergone small restorations. AA PhotoThe historical Oruçbey Bath, located in the Osmangazi district of Turkey’s northwestern province of Bursa, has been put on the market for $1.65 million.
The bath was built in the 15th century in the Hisar neighborhood of Osmangazi, and one of its current owners, Arife Varol, said it was inherited by her and five other siblings from her father.
“My husband was looking after the bath, but after his death we had nobody to take care of it. That’s why we have decided to sell it,” Varol said.
Stating that her father had bought the bath many years ago and it underwent a restoration process 35 years ago, Varol said the public was very interested in the bath, which has three rooms along with navel stone.
Real estate agent Hamdi Güneş said this would be the first bath they have ever sold.
“The bath was built by Oruç Bey, commander of the second sultan of the Ottomans, Orhan Gazi. Its historical tissue is still largely the same. Some customers have already come to see the bath and we are still in negotiations,” Güneş said.
Officials of the General Directorate for Foundations said the bath could be sold by its owners.