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Street of the Night; Arap Sukru

Arap Şükrü

Being Bursa’s Flower Passage, Arap Sukru Street is city’s most popular entertainment venue. History of this street is somewhat Bursa’s history as well.  After Bursa was conquered by the Ottomans, Orhan Gazi allowed Jews to settle in this neighborhood which is situated just at the foot of the castle walls and later on builds a synagogue in the neighborhood.   The jews who were expelled from Spain were placed on this street in 1492 by Bayezid II.

Also known as the “Jewish Neighborhood”, Arap Sukru Street went through a major transformation and became the entertainment center of Bursa.  Gerus and Mayor Synagogues that the current  20-30 jewish households worship are in this street.

When a merchant named Arap Sukru opened a store on this street, the street started to develop as well and in time when his children started opening stores, the street was closed to traffic and took on the form it is today.  Arap Sukru is the street of Bursa nights.

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