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Bilecik is a province of Turkey in Marmara Region.
Along with its districts, it is the birthplace of the Osmanlı dynasty, whose members founded the Ottoman Empire.
The town is famous for its numerous restored Turkish houses. It is increasingly becoming more attractive more tourists. With its rich architectural heritage, Bilecik is a member of the Norwich-based European Association of Historic Towns and Regions (EAHTR).
Its historical background goes back to 1950 BC, with many Anatolian civilizations in this Bithynian region such as Hittites, Phrygians, Lycians, Persians and Macedonians living here.
Every September a festival is held in memory of Orhan Gazi, who is the second bey, or chief, of the nascent Ottoman Empire.
Some of the sites of interest in the province are: Osman Gazi and Orhan Gazi mosques, Seyh Edebali and Mal Hatun mausoleums, Köprülü Mehmet Pasha mosque, Köprülü Caravanserai, Kaplikaya tombs, Rüstem Pasha mosque, and Gülalan Pavilion.