We have compiled a list of must-see places, from magnificent historical treasures to natural wonders that will leave you in awe, with their breathtaking beauty.

THE WALKING PAVILION

Built in 1929 for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, this pavilion is a must-visit spot during your Yalova trip. It earned its name because it was moved away from the tree next to it to avoid cutting down the tree, using a rail system. This structure, located in Yalova, a place Atatürk referred to as "my homeland," awaits its visitors. With its age-defying plane tree and the traces of history, this pavilion is definitely one of the places you should visit.

SUDÜŞEN
WATERFALL

Located 8 kilometers away from Üvezpınar Village in the Thermal district, Sudüşen Waterfall and its surroundings offer a magnificent spectacle for nature enthusiasts. The road leading to the waterfall is a comfortable and natural walking trail, and during the summer months, it is frequently chosen by both local and international tourists. As you ascend to the waterfall, you will encounter a unique dam lake, a view of the Marmara Sea, and a diverse forest fauna along the way. This route is commonly used for photo safaris, nature walks, and picnics. The Panorama Hill is situated 120 meters above sea level and is covered in lush green vegetation throughout the year, offering beautiful views in every season.

THE BOTTOMLESS LAKE

This region, which preserves the purest form of greenery, is located to the west of Yalova city center. The Greater Bottomless Lake, which is part of the Teşvikiye district of Yalova, is approximately 10 km away from the district center. The Greater Bottomless Lake is one of the must-visit places! Although the Greater Bottomless Lake is considered to be within the boundaries of the famous Erikli Plateau, it is situated a bit lower than the plateau. Visitors to the Greater Bottomless Lake should definitely travel a short distance further to see the Erikli Plateau and the Erikli Waterfall.

KARACA ARBORETUM, TURKEY'S FIRST PRIVATE ARBORETUM

Karaca Arboretum, the first private arboretum in Turkey, is also known as the "Tree Museum." Located on the Yalova-Termal highway, approximately 5 km away from the city center, this 135,000 m2 expansive facility is primarily dedicated to landscaping. It hosts various gardens, including plant gardens, rock gardens, rose gardens, iris gardens, and miniature plant collections. In addition to a rich variety of plants from Turkey, Europe, America, Asia, Australia, Africa, and New Zealand, the arboretum also features Turkey's endemic plant species. With an estimated 5,000 woody plant species and an additional 5,000 herbaceous plant varieties, Karaca Arboretum serves as a unique destination for plant enthusiasts and nature lovers.

THE BLACK CHURCH

The historic Black Church, located in Çiftlikköy, which is 3 km away from Yalova, is a well-known symbol in the region. Built from brick, the church is believed to have been constructed during the early Byzantine period, according to historical sources. It is designed in the shape of a cross with a spacious entrance and features barrel vaults. The structure was initially a bathhouse in the 6th century AD and later repurposed as a church in the 8th and 9th centuries AD. While traditional churches are oriented in the east-west direction, the Black Church extends in the north-south direction. The length of the church is 13 meters, and its width is 10 meters. The church's dome has a diameter of 5.5 meters and features an octagonal drum with eight windows. Although the building, located in an ancient city, has not survived in its entirety to the present day, it remains an important part of our historical heritage that allows us to sense the historical ambiance.

RÜSTEM
PASHA MOSQUE

Located in the heart of Yalova, the historic Rüstem Pasha Mosque stands at the intersection of the street that bears its name. According to historical records, it is known to have been commissioned by Rüstem Pasha, one of the most prominent viziers of the Ottoman Empire, who served under the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. This mosque, believed to have been constructed between 1500 and 1561, includes a complex comprising a mosque, a bathhouse, and various other structures, and it was designed and built by the renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan.

KURŞUNLU
BATHHOUSE

The historic Kurşunlu Bathhouse, located in the Thermal district of Yalova, which is known as one of Turkey's most famous thermal destinations, also finds its place in our list of historical sites in Yalova. Built 18 centuries ago at the request of Emperor Justinian during the Byzantine era, the bathhouse unfortunately collapsed due to disasters of that time. However, in the year 1900, it was restored by the prominent Ottoman ruler, Sultan Abdülhamid II, and was able to be reintroduced into our culture.

HERSEKZADE
AHMED PASHA MOSQUE

Located in the Altınova district, the Hersekzade Ahmed Pasha Mosque was constructed in the 17th century during the Ottoman era. It was built in the name of Hersekzade Ahmed Pasha, a renowned Grand Vizier of the time who is believed to have been born in 1548 and was originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina. The mosque boasts some of the finest examples of cut stone craftsmanship. Hersekzade Ahmed Pasha, who oversaw the construction of numerous structures from the port to the madrasa in the Izmit and Yalova areas, is still remembered today for his significant architectural contributions, with the mosque being one of the important landmarks he brought to Yalova.

ATATÜRK PAVILION

Located in the Thermal district of Yalova province, Atatürk Pavilion is situated 16 kilometers away from the city center. Built in 1929, the entire pavilion is made of wood. It holds great historical significance because it hosted Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the Shah of Iran, which adds to its historical importance. The pavilion consists of two floors, with 11 rooms and 3 ceremonial halls. Both its intricate carvings and interior decoration have been meticulously crafted. Atatürk Pavilion is an indispensable historical gem for visitors to Yalova. Furthermore, it is significant for hosting the establishment of institutions such as the Turkish Language Association and the Turkish Historical Society. Inside Atatürk Pavilion, you can also find a wide range of historical artifacts on display, including carpets, vases, paintings, beds, furniture, and a piano.

Only 3 km away from the center of Yalova and the pier

 

1,5 hour to Istanbul Airport via Osmangazi Bridge

 

45 minutes to

Sabiha Gökçen Airport

 

45 minutes to Bursa - Uludağ Ski Center

Only 3 km away from the center of Yalova and the pier

 

1,5 hour to Istanbul Airport via Osmangazi Bridge

 

45 minutes to

Sabiha Gökçen Airport

 

45 minutes to Bursa - Uludağ Ski Center

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