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Top Choice Ceramics in İznik

İznik Foundation

The workshop belonging to the İznik Foundation, an organisation working to revive the craft of İznik tile-making, is a great place to start looking for tiles. Original İznik tiles are antiquities and cannot be expor…
Top Choice Köfte in İznik

Köfteci Yusuf

This friendly local chain is famous for its plump and juicy köfte (meatballs); it even has its own brand of ayran (yoghurt drink) and an on-site butcher. Accompany your köfte with another meat such as kuzu şiş (roas…
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…
Seafood in İznik

Çamlık Restaurant

The licensed restaurant at the Çamlık Motel is a local favourite for grilled lake fish enjoyed with views of the water. When the weather's fine, enjoy a meze and a drink in the lakeside garden, or angle for a table …
Cafe in İznik

Seyir Cafe

In a garden next to the city's Göl Gate, with olive trees, roses and kitschy classical statuettes creating pastoral vibes, Seyir offers kebaps, pizza, burgers and an all-day breakfast buffet (₺14). It's a favourite …
Arts & Crafts in İznik

Sultan Hamamı

Craft shops, selling İznik tiles, and a cafe are set in and around this restored 14th-century hamam, where a section of paved Roman road is visible.