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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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Iznik Cengizhan Cini

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2014
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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55 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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39 helpful votes 39 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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27 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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