People prefer Sapanca for their short holidays as it is close to the neighboring cities especially Istanbul and as the lake and the woods dominate the landscape.
Thanks to the touristic facilities around the lake increase the income from tourism every day.
There are holiday villages and summer houses in the settlements such as Maşukiye and Kırkpınar located close to the town.
Byzantian sarcophagi and tombstones
The sarcophagi dating from the Byzantine era are exhibited in front of the Sapanca Government Office. Two of the sarcophagi were found near İlmiye village in 1976 and the two others were found during the construction of the highway in 1987. Besides, in Kurtköy village center, there are the remains of the castle constructed by the last king of the BITINIA to hide.
Despite the fact that there is no certain information, it is believed that the Silk Road used to pass under the arch which was said to have been by the Architect Sinan. As the arch has been restored several times today only the main ana gövdesi is historical work. The first restoration of the arch was conducted in 1905 by preserving the original structure, and it was done by Vecihi Orhan of Yannina who was the Director of the Neighborhood in Sapanca.
Rahime Sultan Mosque and Rahime Sultan Tuğrası
The mosque was constructed by Sultan Abdülmecit's 4th wife Rahime Sultan in 1892. In 1967, the mosque was restored görmüştür. The minaret of the mosque, which preserved its original structure, suffered great damage in 17 August earthquake.
Rüstem Paşa Mosque
Rüstem Paşa, who was the groom of Suleiman the Magnificent and prime minister, had this mosque constructed in 1555 by the masters of the famous architect Sinan. Mosque which is located in the town center is open to public despite the restoration.
It is located in Tahtakale, Eminönü. It is one of the most important figures of the siluette of Istanbul. It is located on a high platform and dominates the coastal siluette, and was constructed on the location of Hacı Halil Mescid. The location of the mosque has been a busy site since the Roman times. The mosque was constructed upon the orders of Grand Vizier Rüstem Paşa, who was one of th state dignitaries and who also contributed to the construction of Süleymaniye Mosque. Grand Vizier Rüstem Paşa, who was the groom of Suleiman the Magnificent, is known for the constructions in different locations in the Empire. It is one of the well-known works of Architect Sinan. Mosque was completed in 1561 by Mihriman Sultan, the wife of Rüstem Paşa after his death. In the fire in 1666 and was damaged in the earthquake in 1776. Rüstem Paşa Mosque is famous for its amazing tile coatings in history of Ottoman architecture. The richest collection of Turkey is presented in the walls of this Mosque. Some of these valuable tiles have been stolen. The large dome is supported by four semidomes. The arches of the large dome with 24 windows is based on eight-cornered four elephant-foot. Its mimbar and mihrab are of marble. The narthex has 6 columns and 5 domes. The minaret with one balcony was constructed to replace the original one.
The mosque with one minaret is located near the Egyptian Bazaar, and it is a centrally planned mosque rising over the warehouses and surrounded by stores. It is a wonderful sight together with Süleymaniye Mosque, which rises in the background in the most vivid commercial centre of the city. It was built by Architect Sinan upon the orders of Grand Vizier Rüstem Paşa in 1561. You ascend to the mosque by climbing the spiral stairs located over the stores. The courtyard has an interesting architecture, it is a small terrace covered with five small domes. The central dome rises on 4 pedestals facing one another and two columns located near them. The square corners are surrounded by 4 semidomes that support the dome. Both lateral sides are like a gallery located behind the columns. The entrance façade and small but amazing indoors walls are ornamented with the most famous tiles from İznik. The tiles are geometrical, and decorated with leaves and flower motifs and they are like coloured gardens of flower. The swollen coral red colour like relief was used for a short time in the 16th century.
In Eminönü Rüstem Paşa Mosque that dates from 1561, the dome system based on eight bases. But this building is known fort he quality and richness of its tiles rather than its architecture. All of the indoor walls of the building was filled with tiles in 'sıraltı' technique without any spaces. The motifs in these tiles are tulips, spring, fruit trees.
Rüstem Paşa Mosque (1561) is an amazing construction in which all the designs that form basis fort ile art in the second half of the 16th century, and mihrabs, walls, and pedestals are all covered with tiles. Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Mosque (1571) in Kadırga, Istanbul, has a successful arrangement which does not humiliate the architecture by locating the tiles in the transition part of the dome with pendantive, in the window pediments, on the wall around the marble mihrab and in the cone of the minbar. Besides, the ornamentation of the İstanbul Piyale Paşa Mosque (1573) with tiles exhibets the similarities with the cloth designs of the period.
Hasan Fehmi Paşa Mosque
The Mosque was constructed upon the orders of Ottoman Vizier Hasan Fehmi Paşa in 1885. The mosque is located in Mahmudiye village, 3 km away from Sapanca, and indoors is ornamented with very beatifu ornamentations.
Cami Cedid Mosque
The Mosque in the shopping centre of the town was constructed in 1899. This Mosque, as its name suggests, is located in the Cami Cedid neighborhood and has been restored efficiently in recent years.