Historically known as Nicaea, the town lies in a fertile basin at the eastern end of Lake İznik, bounded by ranges of hills to the north and south. It can be easly reached from Istanbul with a total of 1.5 hours drive and taking the ferry across the Izmit Bay. The city was surrounded on all sides by 5 km of walls about 10 m high. These were in turn surrounded by a double ditch on the land portions, and also included over 100 towers in various locations. Large gates on the three landbound sides of the walls provided the only entrance to the city. Today the walls are pierced in many places for roads, but much of the early work survives and as a result it is a tourist destination.
The town became a major center with the creation of a local faïence pottery-making industry during the Ottoman period in the 17th century. Iznik tiles were used to decorate many of the mosques in Istanbul designed by Mimar Sinan.
Phone: +90 212 296 83 07 (pbx)
Fax: +90 212 296 83 95
Address: Ergenekon Mah. Poyraz Sok. Özgenç İş Merkezi No:1 K: 4/10 Şişli Istanbul / TURKEY