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Historical Colourful Town

Several places worth of a visit. There is a very historical Masjid that retains church parts. If... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Important place for Christianity

İznik, antique city of Nikea is very important in the history of Christianity. The place is nearby... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2018
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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
at the eastern tip of Lake Iznik, south of Izmit, Bursa, Turkey
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Several places worth of a visit. There is a very historical Masjid that retains church parts. If you are there on Friday, join the Friday prayers. Its nearby toilet facilities is also free of charge. The town is quite clean. You may also consider buying...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

İznik, antique city of Nikea is very important in the history of Christianity. The place is nearby a lake famous for its fresh water fish and surrounded by Roman walls. In the center is Saint Sophia, once church now converted to a mosque. You can...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

The historical castles & buildings of Iznik tells you a lot about the importance of that area all along the years, architectural monuments, art, museums, religious & touristic sites plus much more to find out & explore.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TalalA161
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We spent our summer in Bursa and its surrounds. İznik is a must see town. There are must see ruins from ancient times dating to 316 BC. İznik, also known as Nicaea is a UNESCO world heritage cenre. İznik pottery known as Çini was a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Very nice lake , clear water , whether is fantastic, this area is famous of olive , olive oil is very recommended to be purchased from Iznik , downtown have a famous barbecue restaurant called Mustafa Usta . Many reasonable price hotels are there ,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

Small village on the way to Bursa. Famous with big lake Iznik. Have a lot of olive trees and a lot of green fields

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Abdulmoez-Tahmaz
Reviewed May 24, 2018

The old summer palace of Byzantine Emperors. Pleace that organised First Council of Nicaea in 325. Today place without thousands of tourists!!!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank dymas74
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful and awesome places. There is no fee for visiting the historical turkish bath. (Hamam) There also many accessories & Cini stores & Cafe in the garden of the hamam. There are some events in the hamam like hacivat & karagoz traditional shadow play, playing...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Ercan T
Reviewed January 11, 2018

It is a town still placad inside the walls. These walls have started with Seljuks, then Byzantium , then Ottomans. There are 5 gates to the city. the best of Iznik are HagiSophia(the first bible has been written) , Roman theater, the Madrasah in which...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

We visited Iznik during our way to Bursa. We stayed in this area for some time and our guide told us about history of Iznik City and Iznik Lake. This area is full of Green trees of Fig and Olive together. There are others fruits...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank kausarwali
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May 28, 2017|
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Response from EmineBC | Reviewed this property |
We also drove there. You can also go to Yalova by ferry and then you can take the minibus to Orhangazi and then İznik. But I think it will take longer and probably will be tiring. So taking a bus would be the best option.
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I Spent only 3 and one-half days in Istanbul recently, so I am really not able to comment on most of your list. But, it appears to me that your list does not include two of my favorite sights. These are the Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi) and Yerebatan Sarayi (Underground Cistern). I suggest that you add these to your list.
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Advice on Iznik (2 Replies)
We're looking for an overnight trip out of Istanbul to break up our week there. One of the options is Iznik. Part of the appeal as that my husband and I are "pastor nerds" and we get a kick out of going to the home of the Nicean Creed. Am I right though that there really is nothing left of the days when the town was Nicea? Does anyone have an opinion as to whether it would be a good overnight trip? There seems to be a lack of information for hotels on the internet, so we're probably going...More
September 29, 2007|
Response fromturkeyexpert|
You might get disappointed , I would recommend you a combination of Iznik and Bursa (overnight in Bursa) There is really not much to see in Iznik.
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First International Iznik Festival (2 Replies)
I read on the web that the First International Iznik Festival will be held between 17 and 25 July, 2010. There is not too much information but that one street will be closed to traffic and there will be stands including those for Iznik tiles and tile making, and talks on the significance of the city for Christianity. If anyone is interested, i recommend that you reserve hotel space as soon as possible because lodging is limited in the city. Two of the better hotels, location wise, are...More
July 04, 2010|
Response fromSethL|
Is there a website for the festival or someplace to get more information?