Small, compact, could be finished in half a day.
Small, compact, could be finished in half a day.
Not a very exciting destination, but still worth seeing if you could spare half a day.
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).more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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, drinkmore
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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 ...
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.