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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

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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A walk into History and Nature

As it is close to İstanbul, it is a quiet easy to go there over a weekend. I prefered it in winter as it isn't crowded but it can be better in spring and summer. You can feel the... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Istanbul, Turkey

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Antalya, Turkey
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63 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Disappointing because of construction. This is the location of Nicea. Unfortunately the museum was closed for renovation and not expected to open before 2018. There are several historical sights that are within walking distance and worth seeing but the original site of the 1st Council of is in the lake with no glass bottom boat to enable you to see... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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60 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

As it is close to İstanbul, it is a quiet easy to go there over a weekend. I prefered it in winter as it isn't crowded but it can be better in spring and summer. You can feel the history and have a deep breath in the nature.

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New York, New York, United States
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Iznik city and İznik lake are wonderful historic destination for every body. The lake available for swimming also. But picnic areas are dirty and messy.

Thank Haygun
Ankara, Turkey
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587 reviews
280 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 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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192 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 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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24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 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

Thank Jenny G
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 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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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 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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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 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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