REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM BURSA PROVINCIAL DIRECTORATE OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Where to Visit

 

İznik Museum ( Nilüfer Hatun Soup Kitchen)

This structure is one of the most beautiful examples of the 14th century Ottoman Architecture. In 1338, the Ottoman Ruler Murat the first built it as an İmaret (soup kitchen) in memory of his mother Nilüfer Hatun. This charity house served meal to poor people every day. In the Ottoman Architecture, T-shaped plan was used for the first time during the construction of this house. After having been used as a storehouse in the Republican Era, it was put into operation as a museum in 1960. Archaeological works of art from Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Periods are on display in the Museum. The works, having been unearthed in the İznik Tile Kilns Excavation, draw the attention of many people.

Tumulus, Rock Tombs and Monuments


Berber Rock

Berber Rock, a large room-shaped monumental tomb having been carved in rock, is located at the foot of a hill in the west of İznik. There are graves on the ground. It dates back to the 2nd century, and it is one of the important examples of the Hellenistic Period in İznik.

Beştaş

This monumental tomb, raising among vineyards in the west of the district, is on the road of ancient Rome. The tomb is also called Obelisk or Nişantaşı. It is understood from the inscription in Greek that this tomb belonged to C. Cassius in the 1st century. An eagle or a statue of Nike, the Goddess of Victory is thought to have been over the 6th stone on the top of the tomb. It is clear from the remains that there is a statue of Philiscus in the other side of the tomb.
 
Hypoge

It is an underground tomb in the Elbeyli Village. It is understood that it was built in the 4th or 5th century. The ceiling and walls are covered with colored frescoes, typical to the early Christianity period. There are 3 graves in the grave room.

Dörttepeler Tumulus

It is in the graveyard within the Elbeyli Municipality. Two monumental tombs are found in the Tumulus. The first tomb is nearby the road. Rectangular grave room with a dromos (narrow passageway to the grave room), has two kilns (stone seating) on both sides. The other tomb is in a grave room made of marble, and covered with rough stone and trees.

Senatus Palace (Byzantium Palace)

The palace was built in the 4th century, and it is now covered with the lake water. Floor mosaics are under ground. The first Nicaea Consul which was very important for the Christian Community gathered here in 325.

City Walls

The pentagonal city walls surrounding İznik are 4970 meters long. The construction of the city walls started in the Hellenistic Period. But they took their final shape by the new additions during the Roman and Byzantine Periods. When looked from the junction point of two streets, four main gates can be seen. Two of the four main gates, namely Lefke and Constantinople Gates, have survived to the present day in good condition. Marble relief frieze pieces were used in the construction of these two gates. The masks brought from the theater can be seen in the Constantinople Gate.

Theater

The İznik Ancient Theater was built on a large area between the lake shore and the Yenişehir Gate. The theater was built by the efforts of Bithynia Proconsul, Plinius between 111 and 112 during the reign of the Emperor Traianus. It was turned into a mass grave in the 13th century. In the following years, archaeological excavations revealed that a Church, Palace, Ottoman Ceramic Workshops and Tile Kilns had been constructed within it.

Bocek Ayazma

Being one of the intact remains from the 6th century, the structure is thought to have been a part of Hyakinthos Monastery. This circular structure, having been covered with a dome, is next to the Koimesis Church.


The Church of Koimesis

Bishop Hyakinthos had it built in the 8th century. It is supposed to have been a part of the Hyakinthos Monastery. It was fully demolished by the earthquake in 1065, and was renovated later on. The mosaics and icons of the Church were renovated again in 1807.


The Church of Hagia Sophia

Being at the junction of two streets, the Church is in the city center. It is a work of the Byzantine Period, and thought to have been renovated probably after the earthquake in 1807. It was renamed the OrhanGazi Mosque in 1331. Having been demolished by the earthquake and fire, the church was renewed to a great extent by the Architect Sinan in the 16th century. On the wall of a grave room, there is a fresco of Christ. The 7th Consul in 787 gathered there. Therefore, it is an important spot for the tourism of religion.


The Church of Hagios Tryphonos

It is located on the left side of the street towards the Constantinople Gate. The cross shaped church has four columns. The wall technique and the cross-shaped plan of the church indicate that it was a Byzantine work having been built between the 10th and 12th centuries.

The Church of Ayatrifon

Supposed to have been built by Teodoros Laskaris in the name of Aya Trinos in the 13th century, the church is located on the right side of the street leading to the Yenişehir Gate. Its plan is similar to the one used in the Kariye Mosque in İstanbul. It is understood from the plan that it was covered with a huge dome, and its floor is decorated with beautiful mosaics.

Hacı Özbek Mosque

It was the first Ottoman mosque built in Iznik in 1333. Its tile-covered dome is of 8m in diameter. The mosque does not have a minaret.

Green Mosque

Green Mosque, named after the color of its minaret, is the symbol of İznik. It was built by the Architect Hacı Mustafa between 1378 and 1391. With its single dome, it is one of the most splendid mosques having been built in the Early Ottoman Period. Its unique minaret is on the right side of the mosque and is a reflection of the Seljuk tradition of the Ottoman art in the early period. The main part is ornamented with blue and green ceramic tiles in a zigzag mosaic technique.

Mahmut Çelebi Mosque

Mahmut Çelebi built it in 1442. Its square main part is covered by a single dome. The minaret is made of bricks.

Orhan Bey Mosque

The ruins of the mosque is located outside of the Yenişehir Gate. There is a Turkish Bath between the mosque and the city walls.

Tombs

The Sheikh Kutbettin Mosque and Tomb, the Eşref-i Rumi Mosque and Tomb, the Yakup Çelebi Lodge and Tomb, the Kırgızlar Tomb, the Sarı Saltuk Tomb, the Hayrettin Pasha Tomb, the Çandarlı İbrahim Pasha Tomb and Soup Kitchen, the Çandarlı Halil Pasha Tomb, the Huysuzlar Tomb, the Ahiveyn Sultan Tomb and the Abdülvahap Sancaktarı Tomb are the most important tombs in İznik.

Rüstem Paşa Inn
Currently, it is in ruin between the houses. Some of the north and east parts of its wall are standing. It was built in the 16th century.

İsmail Bey Hamam (Public Bath)

It dates back to the late 14th and the early 15th centuries. With its interior architecture, it is an outstanding structure. The bath, covered with four domes, has five sections.

Hacı Hamza Hamam (Public Bath)

The bath is located next to the Mahmut Çelebi Mosque built in the 15th century. It is also called as the Murat the second Bath. There are two different sections for Women and Men, and Men Section is still being used.

Meydan Hamam (Public Bath)

The other name of the bath is Murat the first Bath. It dates back to the 14th century. The bath has two sections.