Church of the Koimesis
Hacı Özbek Camii
In the centre of town on Kılıçaslan Caddesi, Hacı Özbek Camii, dating from 1332, is one of İznik's oldest mosques.
II Murat Hamamı
Clean and kid-friendly, this 15th-century hamam was constructed during the reign of Sultan Murat II.
Şeyh Kutbettin Camii
Across the road to the south of İznik Museum is the restored Şeyh Kutbettin Camii (1492).
'Black Sea' specialises in pide with toppings such as sucuk (spicy sausage) and lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza, ₺2.50).
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Church of the Koimesis information
Only some foundations remain, but the church was once famous as the burial place of the Byzantine emperor Theodore I (Lascaris). Built around 800 and reconstructed after a mid-11th century earthquake, it's İznik's only church that was never converted into a mosque; unsurprisingly, it was dynamited by victorious Turks after the Independence War.
Lascaris, who established the Empire of Nicaea after the Crusaders' 1204 conquest, built Nicaea's outer walls, which were then supported by over 100 towers and protected by a wide moat.