II Murat Hamamı
To the southeast of Aya Sofya, the brick-built II Murat Hamamı was constructed during the reign of Sultan Murat II in the first half of...
Hacı Özbek Camii
In the centre of town on Kılıçaslan Caddesi, Hacı Özbek Camii, dating from 1332, is one of İznik's oldest mosques.
City Walls & Gates
İznik's once-imposing Roman walls, renovated by the Byzantines, no longer dominate, though they remain impressive. Four main gates –...
Köfteci Yusuf is a good local joint for köfte , served with thick-cut bread and hot green peppers.
Lonely Planet review
Originally a great Justinianic church, Aya Sofya is now a crumbling, neglected ruin slumbering in a rose garden. The building encompasses ruins of three different structures. A mosaic floor and mural of Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist survive from the original church. Destroyed by a 1065 earthquake, it was later rebuilt with the mosaics set into the walls. The Ottomans made it a mosque, but a 16th-century fire again destroyed it. Reconstruction supervised by the great architect Mimar Sinan added İznik tiles to the decoration.