Görükle

Turkey Bursa Province College town
A view of Uludağ from Görükle

Görükle (or Gyourouklyeh) is a town in the district of Nilüfer in western Bursa Province, Turkey. It is a college town, being situated near the campus of Uludağ University and home to many college students.

The town is accessible by metro and shuttle buses from the central parts of Bursa. Shuttle buses regularly run to the nearby Uludağ University campus, and the town has places such as cafés and takeaways frequented by university students. It also has many private dormitory buildings, hostels, and apartment blocks where apartments are mainly rented to students.

History

The place used to be a Greek village called Kouvouklia (or Kouvoukleia) in the Ottoman Empire and for several hundred years in the Byzantine Empire before that.[1] The ethnic Greeks who hadn't already fled Kouvouklia were forced to leave in 1922 by Ataturk's army, settling as refugees in Greece and America.[2] In addition to college students, today's citizens include many descendants of Turks who emigrated from Greece as a result of the population exchange between Greece and post-empire Turkey in the 1920s after the Turkish War of Independence.

References

  1. ^ Nicholas, Fotine Z., 1988, "Land Where My Fathers Died", Ararat, pp. 42-45
  2. ^ Nicholas, Fotine Z., 1988, "Land Where My Fathers Died", Ararat, pp. 42-45