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Iznik

at the eastern tip of Lake Iznik, south of Izmit, Bursa, Turkey
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Tourist info structure support lacking

Disappointing because of construction. This is the location of Nicea. Unfortunately the museum was... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
Bruce H
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Antalya, Turkey
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... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
EmineBC
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Istanbul, Turkey
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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 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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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at the eastern tip of Lake Iznik, south of Izmit, Bursa, Turkey

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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...More

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 17 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...More

Thank EmineBC
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
Reviewed 17 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.

Thank crownvict
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

1  Thank T W
Reviewed 30 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...More

3  Thank Darryl S
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
Reviewed 14 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...More

Thank Anil T
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...More

2  Thank ZZoee
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.

1  Thank Gozde_A
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Matilda D
How do I get to Iznik, from Istanbul?
29 May 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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