Main Attractions in Iznik
The Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule had left a lasting imprint on Iznik, and the presence of all the architectural specimens give the feel of a live museum to it. Iznik has also been declared as a protected place due to its importance as a heritage site.
St. Sophia Museum also known as the Church of Hagia Sophia or the Ayasofya Mosque was commissioned by Justinian I in the 6th century. Its importance is only emphasized when it acted as the venue for the 7th Ecumenical Council in 787 A.D. It was rebuilt in 1065 following an earthquake but was soon converted to a mosque with the arrival of the Ottomans. A fire and a later Mongol invasion made it necessary for the mosque to be repaired in the 16th century again. However its poor condition two centuries later led to its final abandonment. Today the mosque stands as the testimony of the multicultural identity of Turkey.
The Darka Vacation Village is a resort where you could enjoy a relaxed time to get rid of all the accumulated weariness away from the humdrum life.
There are many tombs and mosques in Iznik that might give you an idea about the reigning architecture of the Ottoman period. The social life in that era is also reflected in these buildings. Some of the famous mosques of the Ottoman period are found at Iznik for e.g. The Green mosque also known as the Yesil Cami, The Yakub Celebi Mosque, the 15th century Mahmud Celebi Mosque and the 14th century Haci Ozbek Mosque.
There are around two prominent tombs in Iznik, one belongs to the Candarli Hayreddin Pasa, a 14th century Ottoman style tomb and the second is the Sari Saltuk Tomb.
There is a bath in Iznik estimated to have been built between the mid 15th century and late 16th century named the Ismail Pasa Baths. Also known as the Ismail Bey Hamami this bath was built by Ismail Bey of Iznik. It is a perfect example of the opulence of the Ottoman style.