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Weekend route: Iznik

Iznik Lake, the fifth largest lake in Turkey, is a natural wonder. Fish and crayfish are hunted in the lake, whose water is sweet. There are restaurants serving breakfast and fish by the lake. In spring and summer, it is possible to take a canoe and boat tour of the lake. During the tour, you can see the basilica, which is located 20 meters off the lake shore at a depth of 1.5-2 meters and was built in the name of St. Neophytos 1600 years ago.  This wreck was cited by the American Archaeological Institute as one of the 'Top 10 Discoveries of 2014'.


Iznik tile, which first appeared in the 15th century,... While you're here, we suggest you take part in a one- or two-hour tile workshop. During the workshop, you will learn about the art of tile and produce your own souvenirs. Of course, there are dozens of options to get craftsmanship tiles.


Iznik, home to Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman civilizations, has a very special importance for the Christian world as the place where the 1st and 7th Consul was held. Here you can visit the Hagia Sophia Mosque,St. Tryphonos Church, Koimesis Church, which has been converted from church to mosque. Iznik Green Mosque, famous for its turquoise minaret, Nilufer Hatun Imareti, which serves as Iznik Museum, is also very special structures... The ancient city of Nikea, which dates back to the First Age, is a must for history lovers...


City walls and gates are one of the most impressive buildings of Iznik... Lefke Gate and Istanbul Gate are the most important two of the four gates of iznik walls. Lefke is the entrance from the eastern side of the city walls, which bear traces from many periods such as Bithynia, Rome, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman respectively, and the north side is the Istanbul gate.


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