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Iznik

at the eastern tip of Lake Iznik, south of Izmit, Bursa, Turkey
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As featured in Daytrips from Istanbul
Ranked #10 of 58 attractions in Bursa
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Iznik is a quiet village near Bursa that was a major pottery center during the Ottoman Empire. It's still well-known for beautiful pottery in the... more » Owner description: Iznik is a quiet village near Bursa that was a major pottery center during the Ottoman Empire. It's still well-known for beautiful pottery in the Ottoman style and for the ancient walls that still mostly surround the city. It's a few hours' drive from Istanbul, but the trip can be made shorter—and more entertaining—by hopping a ferry to Yalova and driving from there. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Stopped at Ceramic makers complex, fantastic beautiful work at very reasonable prices. Everyone bought something. Then to Iznik for lunch. Very nice town, lots more ceramics at better prices,bought some more.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

İznik is the place where "priceless tiles" of Ottoman palaces and mosques were painted and baked then sent around the Empire. Still you can see hand made iznik tiles and its masters everywhere as streets and roads are full of tiles' shops. This is why, this lovely town is a must see place for travellers who are also interested in... More

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Clemson, SC
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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

İznik is about an hour away from Bursa by Dolmuş, but it is definitely worth the trip. İznik, formerly Nicaea, rests on the shores of Lake İznik. The city still has its ancient walls, and the Hagia Sophia Church (now a mosque), is very nice.

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Vancouver, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

A friend drove me from Istanbul to Iznick for a visit. This place was called Nacaea. 2 Christian ecumenical councils were held in this location: one in 325 AD and the other in 787 AD. The one in 325 AD was, of course, the most important council in the entire history of Christianity in which Jesus was declared God. Of... More

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Marlow, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

we enjoyed our trip to Iznik, which is an hour away by dolmus from the otogar. It is a very small town with very interesting Iznik tile shops, where you are spoilt for chose and can see some of the artists at work. Surrounded by the beautiful Lake Iznik.

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Windsor,Ontario,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Iznik is something of a shadow of its former self. Lovely lake nearby and parts of the old city wall and a church with faded wall paintings (now a mosque). Could not find a single serious tile manufacturer which was a disappointment.

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Oslo, Norway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Iznik (Nicaea) has: * a beautiful location by a lake * the place of the first church council (325). The place is not marked, but is probably near the senato sarayı, partly buried in the lake. We went there, looked at the place, imagined what it might have looked like and confessed the creed. * the place of the seventh... More

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Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

pitty that such a place with such historical background and such a knowhow is not properly valued by touristic autorities. The basilic in the center of Niceae with a minaret and while restauration is ongoing with fanatics praying in the dirt in the middle of this kaos while the place is refered as being a museum on some turkish map.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

A trip to Iznik is interesting. The journey itself takes in some lovely countryside and goes via several very small rustic villages where life is raw and conditions are rough. The town itself is interesting historically but most sites can be visited easily in a day. The best part is seeing people drive their tractors up and down the main... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012 via mobile

Historical, natural, agriculture, fish, lake, sightseeing, canyon...

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