In this episode of the David’s Been Here webshow, David Hoffmann requires us around to discover things to do in Iznik, Turkey. The town is home to the city of Nicea, that had been founded in the 4th century by the Macedonian King Antigonus I Monophthalmus. You have likely heard of it earlier in history class — that is where Emperor Constantine called the Great Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.. It was a meeting together with over 300 bishops from the early Christian world.
Iznik is a quaint town. Nicea’s ruins are open to the public and accessible. Cars are able to push through the gates.
Iznik is famous for its ceramics, specifically, its blue colors. They’re the reason why Istanbul’s Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) acquired its name. The inside is decorated with over 20,000 handmade tiles produced from the mud harvested from Iznik Lake. Tiles can be purchased by you at artwork galleries or souvenir shops throughout town, if you visit Iznik.
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Among the things that David had been told he had to do would be dine at one of these restaurants along the lakeshore to sample some of plates that are meze and the local fish. Camlik Restaurant offered a vast range of specialties to attempt and had a shaded terrace overlooking the lake.
Fried and david arranged some meze dishes up, and served with fresh veggies. Cost per plate is about $9, and it can be quite cheap considering the gorgeous setting!
One Other highlight of Iznik is the Ayasofya Musezi (Hagia Sofia Museum).
It had been an early Byzantine Church in early Nicea constructed in the 6th century under the dictates of Emperor Justinian I. This was modeled after the remarkable Hagia Sofia in Constantinople (Istanbul). It had been converted into a mosque after the Ottoman Turks’ invasion in 1337. It still functions like a mosque but a number of the Christian paintings and mosaics are discovered and are on display.
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