Tourism in Sogut: Home of the Ottoman Empire

Tourism in Sogut:  Home of the Ottoman Empire
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After the unprecedented success of the Ertugrul Series, many tourists are eager to visit Sogut, the birthplace of Commander Ertugrul, and see the most important natural landmarks and archaeological sites.

Information about Sogut

The city of Sogut, meaning the Willow Tree in English, is an area of Bilecik, which occupies a featured position in the south-eastern part of the Marmara Sea region.

Sogut is an attractive spot for tourists, thanks to its historical monuments, such as the Ertugrul Mausoleum, the great grandfather of Ottoman sultans. There is the tomb of the Ottoman scholar, Dursun, who witnessed the establishment of the Ottoman Empire.

Sogut has about 23 villages, and some men and women wear traditional uniforms that are somewhat similar to the one we saw in Ertugrul Film. These villages are divided into five main areas:

  • Balaban
  • Cumhuriyet
  • Kayhan
  • Orta

Most people of Sogut work in agriculture, where vineyards, cherries and fruits are generally cultivated, and soil and climate help grow such types of fruits and vegetables.

In addition to agricultural activities in this area, the breeding of sheep, goats, bees, livestock, poultry and dairy cows is also an essential profession by the inhabitants of Sogut. The state encourages work in the livestock sector and provides them with facilities to expand and develop pastures in the region.

The total area of Sogut is 4,307 km, with a population of approximately 225,381.

Information about Sogut

Sogut Location

Sogut is an area of Bilecik, which occupies a featured geographical location in the north-western part of Turkey in the Sea of Marmara region.

The strategic location of Sogut made it a destination for tourists. It is located on the western side of Bursa, and it is bordered by Kocaeli and Sakarya from the north, Bolu from the east, and Kutahya from the south.

Sogut Location

Sogut History

Sogut has a long history of 3,000 BC, the ideal home in which it has included many of the civilizations of past nations, and has learned about a range of different cultures of peoples.

Sogut is famous for being the cradle of the Ottoman Empire, the site of the tomb of Commander Ertugrul and the Mausoleum of ottoman founder Osman 1.

Sogut is the first nucleus of the Ottoman Empire, which ruled East and West, and it was fair to the people at the time. The Seljuk tribe was a member of the Kayi tribe, which opened Anatolia in the 12th century under the leadership of Ertugrul, and was able to extend its borders to Asia, Europe and Africa.

Historically, Sogut bordered the Byzantines on the west side, so Osman ibn Ertugrul tried to remove the Byzantine threat from the tribe by expelling them many times.

At the time of Ertugrul's death, his son Osman took over and fought the Byzantines until he could expel them from their borders during his reign, which lasted from 1299 to 1326.

By the time more conquests took place, the Sogut region became the capital of the Ottoman tribe, and after the formation of the Ottoman Empire, the capital was moved to Bursa in 1326.

Among the most famous figures of the Osman dynasty buried in Sogut are:

  • Osman Gazi, founder of the Ottoman Empire and its first sultan
  • Turkish scholar, Dursun
  • Halime Hatun, wife of Ertugrul
  • Osman Bey, the leader of the Islamic conquests
  • Aydogdu Bey, the older brother of Commander Ertugrul
  • Dundar Bey, the younger brother of Commander Ertugrul
  • Gunduz Alp, the son of Commander Ertugrul
  • Savci, son of Ertugrul
  • Karamursel, Abdul Rahman Gazi and Hasan Alp, knights of the Kayi tribe
  • Saltuk Alp is the tribe's weapons trainer

Osman Gazi's comrades in arms

  • Aktimur Bey
  • Coban Mirze Bey
  • Hamid Bey

There are also some cemeteries of

  • Prince Ali.
  • Aykut Alp
  • Pazarli Bey
  • Yorgan Ata
  • Akbik Bey
Tourism in Sogut

Tourism in Sogut

For history, archaeological sites, and natural areas lovers, you can enjoy the beauty of the enchanting natural and see the most prominent historical landmarks when doing tourism in Sogut. In this article, we will show you the most important tourist destinations to visit in Sogut:

Ertugrul's Tomb

Ertugrul's Mausoleum and tomb are some of the most prominent historical monuments in Sogut. His son Osman Gazi created it during the 13th century in the form of a tomb until Sultan Mehmet I ordered turning it into a mausoleum.

At the top of the Mausoleum is a hexagonal-shaped dome, the walls are built from a row of stones and two bricks, and there are rectangular windows inside the Mausoleum.

Ertugrul's Tomb

Ertugrul Gazi Museum

One of the most prominent historical places in Sogut is Ertugrul Gazi Museum, which dates back to 1900, and the architectural style of this museum is characterized by the beauty that reflects the monuments of Ottoman civilization. This beautiful style is manifested through the sturdy wooden ceiling and the archways on the museum's front.

The exhibits in this museum are historical relics of textiles, weapons, measuring machines and other local handicrafts, as well as coins dating back to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods.

Moreover, Ertugrul Gazi Museum houses a collection of artefacts belonging to the Yoruk tribes, which lived in Bilecik.

Ertugrul Gazi Museum

Ertugrul Series Filming Site

Watched by nearly 3 billion people worldwide and broadcast on the screens of many Turkish, Arab and foreign countries, the series of Ertugrul was a local and international event and achieved great success in the Arab world over the past five years.

Due to the great fame of this series, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited the venue of the series, Ertugrul, and met with prominent artistic figures on the filming site.

Ertugrul is filmed in the Beykoz region, specifically in one of the green forests overlooking the sea in the outskirts Asian side of Istanbul. The staff at the Ertugrul filming site created a media city near the Black Sea, which embodied the monuments of Sogut, which has chronicled the historical events of the series throughout history.

Ertugrul Series Filming Site

FAQ about Sogut

The distance between Sogut and Istanbul is approximately 238 km.

You can get from Istanbul to Sogut in private cars, a 3-hour drive. Or you can use public transport, approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Sogut is located in a strategic point, administratively under the state of Bilecik, in the north-western part of Turkey.

The Most Famous Hotels Near Sogut

  • Malent Hotel: 900 m.
  • Royal Hotel: 83 km.

The Most Prominent Shopping Centres and Markets in Sogut

  • Sogut Mall, located at a central point in the city centre, provides residents with all household needs and ensures visitors secure all the food and drink they need or buy souvenirs.
  • In addition, Sogut has many popular markets that sell various types of goods to residents and visitors alike.
The Most Prominent Shopping Centres and Markets in Sogut

Safaraq Tourism Tours to Sogut

Would you like to know the real stage in which the Ertugrul series were held? Safaraq Tourism provides you to discover the most beautiful sights in Sogut, where the battles fought by the Ottoman Empire took place.

We organize the most beautiful tourist programs to visit the Mausoleum of the master of the Kayi tribe, Ertugrul, and the museum named after him, which houses many artefacts from various civilizations and past nations.

Safaraq Tourism ensures fun and thrilling tourist experience, with family-specific programs in the green forests and charming natural areas. You will have the opportunity to engage in many activities and events suitable for all age groups, the most important of which are:

  • The Komursu Plateau, full of greenery, filled with fir, beech, pine, and other flowers and various plants
  • The 3,000-square-meter Mohammed Pasha Palace with a bridge area of 3,008 square meters
  • Rock with grades
  • Orhan Gazi Mosque

Safaraq Tourism Tours to Sogut


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