Osman Gazi And Foundation Symposium/ July 27, 2011

Yalova Municipality asserted the claim of the establishment of the Ottoman Empire in Yalova by inaugurating the ‘1302 Ottoman Park.’ The park, featuring the Osman Beg Monument and Ottoman Fountain, was opened with a ceremony based on the assertions of Prof. Dr. Halil İnalcık. The 5.5-meter Osman Beg Monument, designed by sculptor Ümit Öztürk, was also unveiled during the opening program. Due to health issues, Halil İnalcık couldn’t attend, but his message highlighted that the Ottoman State was established with the Bafeus Battle in 1302.

The opening ceremony was attended by Yalova Deputy Governor Cezmi Türk Göçer, Mayor Yakup Koçal, along with various department heads, officials, and citizens. İnalcık’s message emphasized Osman Gazi’s achievements and stated that the victory in 1302 marked the establishment of the Ottoman State. Mayor Koçal underscored the historical significance of the park, stating that it revitalized this historical claim.

Following the opening program, the “Osman Gazi and Foundation Panel” took place, chaired by Yalova Mayor Yakup Bilgin Koçal. Prof. Dr. Özer Ergenç discussed Osman Gazi’s Leadership and Charisma as the Founder of a Dynasty. Prof. Dr. Yusuf Oğuzoğlu presented on Osman Gazi’s Yalakova Victory and its Political Consequences. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hülya Taş focused on the Contributions of Ahis during the Era of Osman Gazi. Prof. Dr. Hatice Şahin evaluated the Literary and Cultural Characteristics of the Osman Gazi Era. Melek Gençboyacı provided insights into Foundation Documents and Declarations from the Ottoman Foundation Period. The panel was held at the Raif Dinçkök Center.