İznik attractions

Ruins in İznik

City Walls & Gates

İznik's once-imposing Roman walls, renovated by the Byzantines, no longer dominate, but parts of their 5km circumference remain impressive. Four main gates still transect the walls, while remains of 12 minor gates a…
Museum in İznik

İznik Museum

The city museum is housed in a soup kitchen that Sultan Murat I built for his mother, Nilüfer Hatun, in 1388. Born a Byzantine princess, Nilüfer was given to Sultan Orhan to cement a diplomatic alliance. The museum'…
Historic Building in İznik

Aya Sofya

Originally a great Justinianic church, Aya Sofya (Church of the Divine Wisdom) is now a mosque surrounded by a rose garden. The building encompasses ruins of three different structures. A mosaic floor and a mural of…
Mosque in İznik

Yeşil Cami

Built between 1378 and 1387 under Sultan Murat I, Yeşil Cami has Seljuk Turkish proportions, influenced by Seljuk homeland Iran. The minaret's green-and-blue-glazed zigzag tiles foreshadowed the famous local tile-ma…
Gate in İznik

Lefke Gate

Part of İznik's Roman-Byzantine fortifications, the eastern Lefke Gate actually comprises three gateways dating from Byzantine times. The middle of these bears a Greek inscription that notes it was built by Proconsu…
Gate in İznik

Yenişehir Gate

İznik's most impressive stretch of historic city walls, reaching 10m to 13m in height, stand between this southern gate and the eastern Lefke Gate.
Ruins in İznik

Roman Theatre

If you head inside the city walls from the southwestern Saray Gate you will come to the ruins of a 15,000-seat Roman theatre.
Gate in İznik

İstanbul Gate

İznik's imposing northern gate, part of the fortified city walls, features huge stone carvings of heads facing outwards.
Gate in İznik

Göl Gate

This gate in İznik's Roman-Byzantine fortifications leads to the lake.
Ruins in İznik

Church of the Koimesis

Scant foundations remain of the church that 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 is the only …