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Buffalo Commemorates Friendship With Turkish Sister City

Several months ago, Mayor Byron Brown and Mayor Ozgen Keskin of Bursa, Turkey signed a Sister City agreement that created an international bond between these two distant places.

On November 9, the two mayors met once again to solidify this agreement by dedicating a friendship memorial given to the city of Buffalo by the city of Bursa.  The memorial, which resembles the public fountains found in many Turkish cities, is located in Lafayette Square.  After the dedication ceremony, Mayor Brown, Mayor Keskin and Mehmet Erdogdu of the Turkish Cultural Center of Buffalo met for a reception at City Hall, where participants enjoyed authentic Turkish cuisine and Turkish music from one of Bursa’s very own musical groups.

“I’m very happy to welcome Mayor Keskin to Buffalo and thank him and the citizens of Bursa for their generous gift to the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “As our newest Sister City, Bursa, Turkey joins a growing list of international cities who have established formal ties with Buffalo. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with our friends in Bursa.”
Bursa, Turkey is now the thirteenth sister city to be added to Buffalo’s growing network.  Other international cities include: Kanazawa, Japan; Lille, France; Drohobych, Ukraine; Dortmund, Germany; Torremaggiore, Italy; Tver, Russia; St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica; and Rzeszow, Poland.

Sister Cities International is a non-profit diplomatic network that aims to create bonds between U.S. cities and international communities with the ultimate goal of forging cultural and economic ties through reciprocal educational, cultural, municipal, business, professional and technical exchange programs.  This allows for citizens of each city to increase their cultural awareness and help develop stronger communities.

To learn more about the Sister
Cities program, visit their website.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Lego1981

    What did we give Turkey in exchange?

  • Travelrrr

    That is the ugliest thing I have ever seen.

  • briancbray

    A good sister city is like a rich uncle: Sometimes they randomly give you something that you don’t really need but is pretty neat nonetheless. Thanks Bursa.

  • al labruna

    I love it. It reminds me of the great city of Istanbul.
    I just wish it were always connected to water.

  • grad94

    i think it is a lovely gesture and a nice addition to a barren corner.

  • chetroia

    Is that a lavabo to wash your hands and feet?

  • distas

    You know some drunk guy is gonna piss in that thing next summer at the square…….poor choice of location for something that looks like a urinal!! haha

  • defender110

    lovely piece of outdoor furniture from a country that is slowly becoming another Iranian Islamic republic, what’s next flogging in the square!


    Saw it this morning. It looks like the copper faucets have been stolen from all fours ides of the fountain. Either that or they were intentionally removed by the city for some other reason.