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from the hills overlooking İznik Lake..

"Iznik, formerly known as Nicea, lies at the eastern tip of Lake Iznik, south of Izmit. Originally an important Roman and Byzantine town, it fell to the Seljuks in 1078 and subsequently to the ottomans in 1331. In the town center the ruins of the St.Sophia Cathedral, the seat of the first Eucomenical Council of 325, evoke images of convening bishops and clergy. In the 16th and 17th centuries, İznik was the center of exquisite ceramic ware production which has made such an important decorative contribution to mosques and palaces throughout Turkey."

http://www.turizm.net/cities/iznik/

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