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Address: at the eastern tip of Lake Iznik, south of Izmit, Bursa, Turkey
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Iznik is a quiet village near Bursa that was a major pottery center during...
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.
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Amazing İznik , Bursa

I went to ancient named called Nicaea Iznik for a conference. 5th largest lake of Turkey is located here as İznik where surrounded by ancient walls. The Church of Hagia... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I went to ancient named called Nicaea Iznik for a conference. 5th largest lake of Turkey is located here as İznik where surrounded by ancient walls. The Church of Hagia Sophia (now a mosque ) interior still containing frescoes from the 6th century AD and historical importance site for the Second Council of Nicaea. Iznik tiles are very famous and... More 

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Kusadasi, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

İznik, known as Nicea in the history, is the town of Bursa city with a lot of sights worth visiting. Hagia Sophia is one of the important sights of Iznik as Byzantine monument. Iznik, Byzantine name Nicea used to be known as the place where one of the ecumenical councils gathered here. Iznik has four city gates worth also visiting.... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Warm welcome by Mrs. Sevgi Vardarli Inal. Explained works at her/their atelier (chinaware store), showed us various works. Beautiful designs. You may find her via facebook.

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Gemlik, Bursa, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

You can drive along the whole lake, with amazing views all the way. Then a visit to Iznik town itself is well worth the time. iznik is famous for its pottery tiles that date back 100s of years.

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Adana, Turkey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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