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Iznik Travel Guide: 60 reviews and 246 photos

Except probably on summer weekends when Istanbullus descend on Iznik for some cooler lakeside breeze, today's Iznik is a sleepy little corner in Western Anatolia - quite a shadow of its former glory.

Formerly known as Nicaea during the Byzantine era, its main claim to fame (to Christians, at least) is its hosting of the first Ecumenical Council where the Nicene Creed - the basic statement of Christian faith shared by most (all?) Christian denominations - was established, in what is now Aya Sofya.

Prior and subsequent to this, Iznik's (or Nicaea's) fortunes did have their peaks and troughs with the coming and going of various rulers - from the Greeks to the Romans, the Byzantines, the Crusaders, and finally, the Ottomans -all gifting the town a colorful history.

While Iznik may no longer be well-known for the Nicene Creed, it certainly is famous for its beautiful and colorful tiles, which symbolically reflect that rich and colorful history.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small, compact, could be finished in half a day.
  • Cons:Small, compact, could be finished in half a day.
  • In a nutshell:Not a very exciting destination, but still worth seeing if you could spare half a day.
  • Last visit to Iznik: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Feb 6, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    thanks for the fine job. The Nicene Creed has dominated my life for better and for worse. To see its cradle is...fascinating. Iznik is as important to believers as the Holy Land. You present it well. "Cogito ergo sum."

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    Oct 18, 2009 at 2:07 AM

    Oh yes, it is always sad to visit museums with explanations only in local language! Aya Sofya looks very picturesque with the plants but it would be good to do some restoring. Ahh... blue magic tiles and ceramic :-)

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2009 at 4:14 AM

    Stunning photo's. Your tips are really good, thanks so much ;-)

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2007 at 2:54 AM

    Beautiful tile work - transported me back to last summer in Uzbekistan :) A shame though that things aren't better preserved. And why would a sultan build his mother a soup kitchen??

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Nice into picture; Painted ceramics are special. Yes, craddle of catholicism, it seems there is not a lot left here from that time. Thank you for this short trip to Nicée.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2006 at 7:17 AM

    Thank you for this fascinating journey to Iznik. The gozleme sound delicious. Helpful tip about the dolmuses. Wonderful information about "ground zero for Christian faith"! Iznik Tiles are, indeed, beautiful. Very fine work.


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