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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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Quaint farming town, well known for its world famous ceramic handpainted plates.

Our favourite weekend or short journey to Iznik. Farming town world famous for its ceramic handpainted plates and other accessories. The town Itself surround by ancient roman... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
Selmah B
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Bursa, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Nice Byzantion and (later on) Seljuk & Ottoman city with lots of historical places and excavation sites. Don't miss out the Lake İznik and buy one "çini" (tile) as a mark of this city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

İznik is one of the best towns of Bursa city with lots of historical places.However,facilities available through the town for transportation need to be improved.İnteresting place to visit.

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Bursa, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Our favourite weekend or short journey to Iznik. Farming town world famous for its ceramic handpainted plates and other accessories. The town Itself surround by ancient roman wall. Good country Turkish delectable food. Good picnic areas by the lake. One of the main olive growing regions of Turkey.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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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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Address: at the eastern tip of Lake Iznik, south of Izmit, Bursa, Turkey
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Bursa Province  >  Bursa

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