Iznik the city of the pottery

Hi this maybe i’ll be one of my last blog, your dear volunteer from Italy will be back soon to his home town.

Last weekend i was in Iznik with other volunteer from Spain.

Iznik it was historically known as Nicaea Greek, the town lies in a fertile basin at the eastern end of Lake İznik.

 The city was surrounded on all sides by 5 km (3 mi) of walls about 10 m (33 ft) high. These were in turn surrounded by a double ditch on the land portions, and also included over 100 towers in various locations.

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.

Pottery and tiles

The town became a major center with the creation of a local faïence pottery-making industry during the Ottoman period in the 16th century, known as the İznik Çini. Iznik ceramic tiles were used to decorate many of the mosques in Istanbul designed by Mimar Sinan. However, this industry declined in the 17th century and İznik became a mainly

Yeşil Mosque of Iznik Green Mosque (1378–1391). The mosque was built for Çandarlı Kara Halil Hayreddin Pasha, the first Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire. It is located near the Lefke Gate on the east side of the town. It was damaged in 1922 during the Greco-Turkish War and restored between 1956 and 1969

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