Iznik, the quiet beautiful district of the city, the address of those, who would like to breath, country-wide famous thanks to its unique nature… This district is in fact more than the above mentioned. Because what makes it world-famous is its history… The city, which was the capital of ancient kingdoms, incorporates many values. İznik … the far district of Bursa. We can say that even somebody, who never visited this city, has some bits of information about the city. When it comes to Iznik, Iznik Lake and world-renowned Iznik tiles most likely to spring to mind. As well as these values in İznik, the ancient history of the city is one of the most important factors that attract the attention of the world here.
While İznik was the capital of Kingdom of Great Britain, golden coins were issued on its behalf and it was called as “Golden City” at those periods.
SOURCE OF LIFE FOR THOUSAND OF YEARS
Anatolia is a geography that hosted many ancient civilizations. İznik is also among these that opened their doors to these values. It is thought that life here has began in 2500s B.C. The name ‘’İznik’’ also comes from the history of the city. According to popular wisdom, it is believed that the name ‘’İznik’’ comes from the word, ‘’İsnikea’’ which means ‘’inside the walls’’ that was derived by adding “is” suffix to Nikea, the old name of the city.
SO MANY CIVILIZATIONS
The city, which managed to transfer valuable traces of history to the present day, opened its doors to very important civilizations such as Kingdom of Macedonia, Kingdom of Britain, Latin Empire, Byzantine Empire, Anatolian Seljuk Empire and Ottoman Empire that became famous in history. It is also possible to see these traces today in Iznik that grew up with many ancient cultures. The city is very good at fascinating its visitors as if it were an open-air museum.
Iznik, which is a district today, was the capital of Anatolian Seljuk Empire in the past.
UNFORGETTABLE SCENERY, PEACE AND TASTE
The fifth biggest lake in Turkey, the biggest one in Marmara Region, today known by everybody, Ascania Limne of ancient ages, it is undoubtedly Iznik lake that initially springs to mind when it comes to İznik. This famous lake, which is included among the means of livelihood of the local community, also adds a different beauty to the region. İznik hosts many day-trippers exclusively for this lake. İznik Lake is among the favourite locations of the region for nature walk, picnic, camping and fishing. Visitors from and out of the city rush into Lake İznik for many activities in addition to foregoing. Furthermore, you can also canoe in İznik Lake, watch the matchless beauty of sunset towards evening and taste the fishes, caught from the lake.
The basilica, which was discovered as embedded into the river near İznik Lake a few years ago, is also among the main historical and cultural richness of the city. Based on the assumptions, it is thought that this structure, dating back to 1600 years ago, is a basilica that was built on behalf of Saint Neophytos near İznik Lake. It will not be wrong to refer to the basilica as an underground museum, which is estimated to have submerged due to an earthquake that took place in the middle of 8th century.
WALL TO HAVE RESISTED AGES
There are so many historical values, which must be visited and seen in İznik… Another must-see place in the city, which has the characteristics of an open-air museum, is İznik Castle that survived up to 258 B.C., that has the strongest and impassable walls of the period. Iznik Castle which is known to have two hundred and fifty bastions, and fifteen doors then, only the doors, called İstanbul, Yenişehir, Lefke and Göl could have survived, today. It will be useful to include among your routes, the İznik Castle, which is likely to add a different experience to your visit in İznik.
HAGIA SOPHIA IN İZNİK
It is Hagia Sophia mosque that is one of the leading travel stops in İznik. It is known that the historical church hosted council meetings with its history dating back to West-Roman Empire. This work, which is called as Hagia Sophia mosque today, was turned into a church by Sinan the Architect in the period of Orhan Gazi. The building, which was also used as a museum for some time, was opened to worship again as a mosque in 2011. Do not forget to visit Hagia Sophia Mosque when you come to İznik and immortalise that moment.
CERAMIC/TILE PAINTING HOBBY BREAK FROM BURSAGAZ
Creating difference in energy sector with its innovative approaches and activities based on sustainability and that was placed in Turkey’s best employers list one after the other thanks to its employee-oriented approach, Bursagaz performed hobby break activity with nearly 120 employees. Tile painting activity was performed under the supervision of tile master Berna Demirbaş.
Ceramics, the art of tile-making, which has a special place in Ottoman Era, adorned major buildings at that time. It is still possible to see the best examples of ceramic works in the four corners of our country today. You can visit the ancient district to see the on-sight performance of ceramics that goes beyond time. You can see many matchless works regarding ceramics up close in İznik, and visit the workshops where you will have the chance to execute tile-making.
WORLD HERITAGE İZNİK
Included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Temporary List, upon recommendation by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, it is essential to carry out several studies so that Iznik would be included in the original list. Emphasizing that Iznik is a cultural and historical heritage that can be handed down the next generations, İznik Area President Prof. Dr. Murat Taş, who informed about İznik Area Management and the studies for UNESCO World Heritage Nomination, stated that many studies are on the agenda so that the district would be included in UNESCO’s World Heritage with its following main theme; 'Cultural Traces of Transition Between the Civilizations in İznik’’. Prof. Dr. Murat Taş specified that it is essential to make many studies and arrangements in this respect from the walls of the district to Ancient Roman Theatre; restoration of Süleymanpaşa madrassa to coastal grading.