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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
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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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This is a city of history. Small but not less important than Rome, especially for the Christians. Your bible has its roots from this city. This is the where tens of bibles were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 16, 2016
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Ankara, Turkey
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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

This is a city of history. Small but not less important than Rome, especially for the Christians. Your bible has its roots from this city. This is the where tens of bibles were reduced to four.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

It is small city in the way for Bursa next to lake called Iznik similar to the city name The city in the other side of lake If you have time there are good coffee shop next to the lake

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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2016

If you go to Istanbul and you'd like a truly Turkish experience, head over to the mainland via the ferry boat. My wife and I went to the Yenikapi ferry terminal and got a ticket for a boat ride to Yalova, which is on the mainland of Turkey. Once on the boat, you'll have spectacular views of Istanbul in the... More 

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Bursa, Turkey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2016 via mobile

Small and neglected county,, road maintenance works aren't enough and infrastructure works are lacking. But it has a lake and a lot of historical places suc as castles, ancient theatre mosques. The most important thing is basilica had fouded in the lake

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2015

Iznik is really historical and has really big importance for history of religions. But town is probably in worst situation in the history. Roads are rough, streets are dirty, trashes on the lake shore. Historical castle walls and ancient theatre havent been protected and cleaned well. Junkies and drunk men loiter around castle walls and you dont feel safe yourself.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015

Iznik is pleasant to visit, though quite a few places are currently under renovation so you might want to wait until everything is open again. The Aya Sofia mosque is really interesting (though the call to prayer started while we were there, which was ackward as we had to skuttle out, but it is the only time I have seen... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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istanbul
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

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 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 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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London
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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