European Route of Ceramics
The European Route of Ceramics pays tribute to the development of the art of ceramics and the cultural heritage linked to the production of ceramics in Europe. By highlighting this ancient tradition, the route creates opportunities for sustainable tourism, offering travelers the chance to familiarize themselves with the tangible aspects of this heritage (unique artistic productions and collections, workshops, and museums) and the intangible aspects (local know-how and crafts necessary for ceramic production).
The ceramic tiles produced in İznik (historically known as Nicaea) during the 15th and 16th centuries represent the cultural and artistic zenith of the Ottoman Empire. These tiles still grace the walls of many mosques and palaces today. Examples of İznik tiles form treasured parts of collections in museums in Türkiye and around the world.