Iznik Travel Guide

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Iznik Things to Do

  • Old city-castle doors

    iznik has historical gates. They constructed as triumohal arches by emperor Vespasianus and Emp. Titus. Göl gate is in ruins but you may see Yenisehir, istanbul and Lefke gates.

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  • Süleyman pasa medresesi (theological...

    This medrese (theological school) was built in 1332 by Süleyman sah. Now you can buy ceramic things there and drink somethings at the garden. Worth to visit.

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  • ismail bey (Selcuk) hamami (Turkish...

    This Turkish bath is closed because it is not in good condition. But we could go into the bath. You try too. Because it is cieling is very different than others at spiral shape. It builded between 14. cc 17.cc?

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  • St.Sofia (Ayasofya) church

    This church was builded at 316 BC by Emp. Justinian. It is important place for christianity. At 325 AC 7th Ecumenical council have met here and have decided about very important things.

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  • Roman Road

    Part of a Roman road has been excavated beside the Murat Hamami which is located along the main north-south road to the north of the Hagia Sophia in the town centre. It dates between the 1st and 2nd centuries and features columns.

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  • Murat Hamami

    This bath-house is located along the main north-south road to the north of the Hagia Sophia in the town centre. It was built at the end of the 14th century and has sections for men and women. It was recently restored in 2007 and several ceramic and jewellery shops have opened around it. There is also part of a Roman road near it (see next tip).

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  • Iznik Lake

    Iznik sits on the eastern shore of a huge 290 sq km lake which is known as Iznik Lake. I drove to Iznik from Bursa and drove along the lakes southern shore which is a very picturesque drive through small towns and villages with farmers and local people harvesting olives.

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  • Roman Theatre

    Near the walls to the south-west of the town centre lies the remains of a Roman Theatre which was built on the orders of Emperor Trajan between 111 and 112 AD. The stones of the theatre, which was raised by means of vaulted spaces on flat land and had a seating capacity of 15,000, were dismantled and used in the construction of the city walls by...

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  • Mahmut Celedi Mosque

    This small mosque is located just south along the main road from the Hagia Sophia. It was built by Mahmut Celebi in 1442.

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  • Hagia Sophia

    The most famous sight in Iznik is this former church which was built by Byzantine emperor Justinian I in the 6th century and modelled after its larger namesake in Istanbul. It's famous because it was here, in 787, that the seventh Ecumenical Council (also known as the Second Council of Nicaea) was held by Roman Catholics to restore the honouring of...

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  • II Murat Hamami

    This bath-house is located opposite the Ottoman kilns and was built during the reign of Sultan Murat II in the first half of the 15th century.

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  • Ottoman Kiln Excavations

    On these grounds in the centre of town are the remains of the kilns that once stood here which produced the ceramic tiles that were Izink's claim-to-fame. You can find the tiles in every Ottoman mosque in places like Istanbul, Edirne and Bursa. Production ran from the 15th-17th century (on the remains of a 4th century building), and some of the...

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  • Church of the Koimesis

    All that remains of this church are ruins. It's located just east of the bus station and was originally built around 800 AD and is said to be the burial place of the Byzantine emperor Theodore I (1175-1222, also known as Lascaris). It was Lascaris who built Iznik's (then known as Nicaea) outer walls and established his court here.

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  • Yesil (Green) Mosque

    This is Iznik's most famous mosque and is so-called because its minaret features some beautiful green-turquoise-blue mosaics. It was built between 1378 and 1387 by Sultan Murat I and looks more like earlier Seljuk edifices rather than Ottoman mosques.

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  • Seyh Kutbettin Mosque

    This mosque is located to the left of the museum and is dedicated to Seyh Kutbuddinzade Mehmet Izniki, who died in 1418 and who was an important scientist. His most important work is the first Turkish catechism. The mosque itself was built in 1492 and has been recently restored.

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  • Iznik Museum

    This museum is housed in the old soup kitchen that Sultan Murat I had built for his mother, Nilufer Hatun, in 1388. It exhibits some fine examples of Iznik's claim-to-fame - ceramic tiles which you'll find in every Ottoman mosque in places like Istanbul, Edirne and Bursa. It also displays some Roman artefacts such as sarcophagi, pottery and...

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  • Esrefzade Mosque

    This recently restored large mosque is, again, located in the centre of town and features a wonderful minaret. It also has several tombs along the outside wall, one of which is that of Esrefzade Abdullah Rumi who was a 15th century scholar who compiled a collection of his poems and wrote a book about religious thoughts and emotions in harmony with...

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  • Haci Ozbek Mosque

    This mosque in the centre of town is one of Iznik's oldest, having been built by Haci Ozbek bin Muhammed in 1332 just three years after the conquest of Iznik by Orhan I.

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  • Kirgizlar Tomb

    This tomb lies just outside the southern gate known as Yenisehir Gate and was built in memory of the Kirgiz people who contributed to the conquest of Iznik and the foundation of the Anatolian Seljuk state by Sultan Orhan Gazi at the end of the 11th century.

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  • City Walls & Gates

    The ancient walls, with their towers and gates, are in relatively good preservation. Their circumference is 3,100 m (10,171 ft), being at the base from 5 to 7 m (16 to 23 ft) in thickness, and from 10 to 13 m (33 to 43 ft) in height; they contain four large and 12 minor gates and 114 towers. In some places columns and other architectural fragments...

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  • Exploring and discovering the town

    Well, unfortunately we did not have much time for exploring as is normally the case with many tours, but at least we could explore the area around the St Sophia

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Iznik Restaurants

  • Good meatballs

    They serve good meatballs very quick. I advice to drink Ayran with it. (But it may make you sleepy sometimes!) Meat ball

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  • Cheap & cheerful

    This cheap and cheerful place is located opposite the Hagia Sophia right in the heart of the town centre. I came here an had a good Adana Kebab and watched Turkish football on TV. Other options on the menu include pizzas, burgers, meatballs, pide and breakfast.

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  • Best Alabalik fish around Iznik

    Dagdibi alabalik restaurant is located near Elbeyli village, 10 km from Iznik. The restaurant tables are on a platform. You can see Alabalik fishes in water, moving under the platform. They use a special butter and to fry Alabalik fish. Cheap and delicious. Alabalik fried in butter, salad, drink

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Iznik Transportation

  • Fast Catamaran Ferry at Yenikapi Port

    Since I plan to go to Iznik first before going to Bursa, I took the fast ferry that goes to Yalova. But if you're going to Bursa, the nearest one would be the ferry that goes to Guzelyali (Bursa) fare is alil higher than Yalova (YTL20) but at least, you'll get away with the patience-busting traffic of the city, because from Guzelyali port you have...

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  • Ferries from/to Yalova and Karamursel.

    Passenger and car ferries go from/to Yenikapi and Pendik to Yalova.Just passengers from/to Kartal and Bostanci to Yalova.All HERE just click on yes.Other car and passenger ferries run between Eskihisar and Yalova or Hereke and Karamursel but they are further to the east of Istanbul.Eskihisar ferry number below.

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  • From Bursa to Iznik

    While services by big bus companies are available, your best bet if you are after flexibility would be the dolmuses (mini buses) that leave about every 30 mins from Bursa's otogar - no reservations needed. The mini buses are located at right hand end of the otogar (facing the otogar). Fare was YTL 5 (about EUR 2.50) as of June 2006 for this 1.5-hr...

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Iznik Shopping

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  • Iznik tiles

    I can't recall the name of this shop I went to, not to buy anything, but to admire and get quick lessons on Iznik tiles. It's owned by German and the proprietor has been kind enough to explain to me the process despite knowing I'm not buying anything.The products range from cheap machine-made tiles (from China, where else?!), as well as handmade...

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  • TURKISH TILES OF IZNIK

    DO NOT FORGET TO VISITING THE TILE SHOP IN MEDRESE OF SULEYMAN PASA. LALEZAR ATR WORKSHOP IS A GOOD ONE. OWNER IS ALSO DRAWING AND PAINTING TILES. HER NAM IS EMEL OZCAN. SHE'S FRIENDLY AND LOVELY. YOU CAN FIND A LARGE AND NICE COLLECTION OF IZNIK TILES THERE. ALSO YOU CAN HAVE JEWELLERY MADE OF IZNIK TILES IN HER SHOP. TEL:Lalezar Sanat Atölyesi,...

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Iznik Off The Beaten Path

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    by TrendsetterME Written Apr 9, 2012

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    As u wake up early in the morning, u can see the fishermen, dealing w their nets .... Some of them commercial and some for their own home use.

    There r also fisheries and fish faunas in Lake İznik ...

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    by Tijavi Written Aug 16, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Iznik's size and the proximity of attractions to each other make it an ideal side trip from Bursa. The main sights are concentrated within the ancient walls, and the town center (Aya Sofya) - easily within walking distance from each other. The museum, located a few hundred meters away from the town center, is a bit hard to find, but the friendly locals are always glad to help - but you need to learn a few Turkish phrases.

    Further to the east along the main road (Kilicaslan Caddesi) is Lefke Gate, one of the best vantage points for seeing the ancient gates, most parts of which remain intact. Along this road are shops cashing in on the revival of the Iznik tiles - many with friendly staff willing to show you how the tiles are made. And no, most of them are never pushy.

    Going back towards Aya Sofya and further west on the same road, you'll end up on the lakeside promenade where you could have a bite on one of the many restaurants there, while enjoying the cool breeze, before you head back to Bursa.

    Iznik is a pleasant lakeside town
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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

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