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Iznik

at the eastern tip of Lake Iznik, south of Izmit, Bursa, Turkey
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Ranked #9 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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Adana, Turkey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

What a beautiful little city this place is. It is often hidden from most tourists who are generally lured by the likes of Bursa and Istanbul but I think finding it will be worth the trip. It is not very "touristy" but there are plenty of places to see and experience. First off it is surrounded by nature, olive trees... More

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Bursa, Turkey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

As you're arriving to Bursa from Istanbul by road, Iznik is a very attractive location to be visited and met with the history and culture coming from 4th century BC which is known as Nicaea since ancient periods. 1st Ecumenical Council, a very important event for Christianity, had been gathered in Iznik during the Emperor Constantine time. This town has... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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46 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I went to Iznik for my interest in Byzantine and Ottoman history. As ancient Nicaea, it was the site of two important ecumenical councils and an important city of Byzantine Asia, and as Iznik it was the production centre for the most important and celebrated Ottoman ceramics and tiles from the 16th-17th centuries. I visited on a day-trip from Bursa... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Hagia Sophia, one of the town’s oldest monuments. It was built as a basilica in the Byzantine period. The basilica was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Iznik during the Ottoman period. Aya Sofya Iznik is much smaller and is no where as grand in features as its namesake in Istanbul. However, in terms of historical significance, it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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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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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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