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-Attractions June 8, 2016
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Princes’ islands İstanbul is one of the most interesting part of this city.  But, before we talk about it, I want answer one question which is most asked question about it. What is the Princes’ island İstanbul ferry Schedule? So, when you come to Istanbul, you will around this city was covered the sea from the three side. İt is actually peninsula and for go to Princes’ island, you need to ferry from Besiktas- Kabatas or Eminonu and Uskidar where is from the Anatolia side. So, this is why so many people ask the time of ferry. Don’t worry! We share the schedule with you in this article which is under this line. And there is one thing, you should know. This islands is not the Princes’ isand Canada. That too different places 🙂 I warned you because, you want to go somewhere and you are wondering there. So, you ask google and you can see Princes’ island Canada.  For go to this places, first off al you need to go Besiktas, Eminonu or Üsküdar districts. Besiktas and Eminonu are in European side of Istanbul and Üsküdar is from the Anatolian side of the city.

Princes’s islands are really interesting part of Istanbul. They have so many different natural beauty for each island and have so many different story. Byzantine and Constantinople was lived in the islands before the Ottoman Empire. This is why you can see so many churches, historical places or monuments in the islands. So lets start.

Princes' islands ferry hours table

Princes’ islands ferry hours table

 

Princes’ Islands Turkey

The archipelago known as the Princes’ Islands consists of nine Islands in the Sea of Marmara and is only an hour away by boat from central Istanbul. Mother nature was generous to Istanbul in providing such unique beauty, quiet, beaches and forests so close to the city. During the Byzantine era there were many monasteries here. Some were used as imperial summer residences and some as places of exile. The four larger Islands are populer summer resorts with ideal picnic areas and beutiful beaches. The islands are heavily popuated from May until the end of September, but have fewer residents in the winter. Schedued ferryboats serve the islands from the mainland. Throughout the summer and espicially on weekends, private boats, yatchs and sailboats anchor in the beautiful coves around every island. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the islands, the shores of which are lined by seaside mansions, beaches and picnic areas. Horsedrawn carriages are the only means of tranportation. Woods and parks cover the hills on the islands while residences line the northern shores facing the Asian side of Istanbul.

The first island seen from ferry after leaving the pier is the conical shaped, desolate Hayırsızada. Next to it  is the flat Yassıada.

Kınalıada, the first inhabited island, has a beautiful bay and beaches open the puplic. There are watersports clubs on each island. Burgaz, with its rocky beaches, comes after.

Heybeliada is the second largest island in the archipeligo. By the square next to the pier and between the island’s two hills, are the buildings of the naval high school. The island’s two coves ave lovely beaches.

The large buildings of the former Greek Orthodox seminary also contain an important library. A small church dedicated to the Virgin is in the inner courtyard of the naval school. Heybeli’s Halki Palace Hotel is the oldest hotel in Istanbul. Fully renovated in 1994, the hotel is an ideal escape from the crowded city for rest, swimmig and jogging. Between Burgazada and Heybeliada is small, privatelly owned island called Kaşıkadası (Spoon Island), so named because of its shape.

Büyükada is the largest, most popular and most famous islan in the archipelago. It takes two hours to go around the island (the Grand Tour) in a horsedrawn carriage. This island has high hills  and three publich beaches, one of which (Yörük Ali Beach) is an unusually beautiful cove. The most popular carriage ride on the island (the one- hour Short Tour) follows a course past mansions in well kept gardens and through the forests on the hills. Unlike the heavily populated residental areas near the pier, the back of the island has only uncrowded, rocky baches which are ideal harbours for small boats. It is possible to ascend the steep hill to Aya Yorgi Churchi but is a difficult climb. Fish restaurants and cafes line the seasshore near the pier, and there are a few hotels and pansions on the island. On weekends and holidays, crowds flock to the island for picnicking and swimming to enjoy happy hours…

Islands

Büyükada is the largest of Prince’s Islands in both area and population and it acts as the center of the Islands. The island stretches in a north-south direction and is geographically comprised of two hills that are separated by a gorge. Yücetepe (High Hill) rises in the south to height of 203 meters and to the north İsa Tepesi (Jesus’ Hill) reaches 164 meters. Alon the western coastline of the island is Dil Burnu (Tongue Point), which is 100 meters wide and 500 meters long. To the south of the headland is Yörükkali, while to the north is Nizamkoyu. Karacabey Vİlage stands along the eastern coastline.

Büyükada is the furthest away and the largest of the islands. Its historical wharf and large market place immediatly surround you as soon as you grt of the ferry. To the left are the famous fish restaurants and to the right are tea gardens and shelters for fishermen, strecting all the way to the Anadolu Kulübü. The horse-drawn carriages wait under the clock tower. No motor vehicles are allowed  on the islands, only horses and bicycles . The carriages can be hired for either a “big” or a “small” tour, using different routes from which one can view the beauty of the island. A complete tour around the island takes about two hours by horse carriage. Bicycles can be hired at the square near the carriages. The island has many beautiful place for outings. The Dilburnu picnic area is lovely; here one can drink tea, coffe or soft drinks. Also, berbecues can be rented if you want to have a picnic.

Hamidiye Mosque: The islands share their history; before the conquest of Constantinople, the majority of the population of the islands was Greek. The first Muslim settlements started to from in 1850. When the Muslim population started to increase, a mosque had to be constructed. The Hamidiye Mosque was built during the reign of Sultan Albulhamid II in Büyükada, and it was opened to the puplic in 1895. The mosque is very elegant in appearence.

Panayia Church: The gates of the Panayia (Holy Virgin) Church open onto the Arabacılar Square and Çarşı Street. This church is also known as the Arabacılar Church by the residents of Büyükada because of its location. The world Panayia (Saint of the Saints) is another name of the Holy Virgin in Orthodoxy. The belfry was constructed in the 19th century and has a bulbous dome. The feast day of this church is August 15, the day Mother Mer died.

Büyükada Greek Orphange: The orphanage is located on Hristo Hill of Büyükada. The building was constructed as a hotel between 1898 and 1899 by a French company, led by Count Moris Bostari. The architect of the building was one of the most famous architect of his time, Alexandre Valluary. The Building is empty at the present time and is the protery of the Phanar Patriarchate.

Hassed Le Avraam Synagogue: This is the only synagogue on Büyükada. It was constructed during teh reign of Sultan Abdülhamid II in order to meet the spiritual needs of the Jewish population here.

Hagios Demetrios Church: One of the historical churches on Büyükada is the church dedicated to St. Demetri. The church was opened for worship on May, 1856. The architect of teh stone building with a brick roof Fistiki (Fistikos) Kalfa.

Hagios Nikalaos Monastery: The area where the Haghios Nikolaos Monastery is located is the Byzantine settlement known as Karya (or Karyes ). Karya occupies the area on the east coast of Büyükada, across from Sedef island.

Heybeliada:  The reason why this island is called Heybeliada (saddlebag island) is because the island resembles as saddlebag that has been dropped on the ground when seen from a distance. The island is one of the more popular excursion places in Istanbul. It is not only famous for its natural beauty and beautiful weather, but also because of its school, sanitarium and seminary.

The population of teh island i around seven thousand and it increases by a copuple of multiplies of its size ever summer. With the visitors, the population of the island reaches about fifty thousand. Ferry tranportaion to Heybeliada, as well as to other islands, began in the 19th century. Çam Limanı (Pine Harbor), situated on a beautifu cove, and Bahriye Limanı (Navy Harbour) are two of teh important places on the island. Other important monuments on the island are the Naval School, Aye Ofemya Ayazması (a spring that is considered sacred by Greek Orthodoxy), Heybeliada Sanitarium, the first santarium in Turkey, which was established in 1924, the Hüsayin Rahmi Gürpınar high school, Abbas Halim Pasha Pavilion, a monastery and other religious and official strcutures.

Two kinds of tours can be taken, either by riding on donkeys or horse-drawn carriages. There is a big tour, and small tour. Unless you choose to walk, you can also rent bikes. Heybeliada is similar to the other islands in Istanbul in taht no motor vehicles are allowed.

Ahmed Rasim, a Turkish writer, died on this island; despite the great amount he wrote about Istanbul, he did not produce any works about the island. The song, “Biz Heybeli’de her gece mehtaba çıkardık” (meaning “we would go out in the moonlight on Heybeli”) is very well known, writen by the grandson of Ahmed Rasim; Yesari Asım. Haybeliada is frequently mentioned in the works of other authors as well.

Deniz Lisesi (Naval High School): Until the middle of the 18th century the training of captains for the Ottoman navy was not carried out by organization, but was rather information that was passed from father to son or from experts to apprentices.

Hagia Triada Monastery And Church:  The Hagia Triada Monastery is one of the important historical places on Heybeliada. This monastery has one important difference from other places of worship on the other islands. That difference is that monastery served as a seminary for a long period of time.

Heybeliada Sanatorium: Tuberculosis used to be treated by providing the patients with rest in clean sea air. Heybeliada was known for being a good place for the treatment of illness. For this reason, during the early years of the Repuplic, on an order from Atatürk, a sanatorium was established here.

BURGAZADA: This is the second island that the ferries stop at on their journey from Eminönü. Burgazada is the third largest island, and it sonsists of one small hill. It is about an average of two kilometers from a seaside spot to other side of the island. No motor vehicles are allowed. After the conquest of Constantinople, the Turks named this island, “Burgaz,” derived from the Greek word Prigos (Prygos) meaning “bastion.” During the Ottoman period, the island was popular excursion place for non-Muslims.

Another sanatorium was opened here in 1927. There was only one mosque on the island until 1953. Another small mosque was built in 1953 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul. The island held the first private zoo in Turkey.  One of the great writers in Turkish literature, Sait Faik Abasıyanık, lived here.

Ayyani Church: The church was constructed by Thedora, the wife of the emperor Teophilos, on the location where Methodius was imprisoned. This church was severely damaged during the conquest of Constantinople, bu was later repaired in 1759. According to the epigraph, it underwent another restoration in 1817. After the church became so derelict that it could  no longer be used, a new church was constructed in 1896.

Haghios Yorgi Monastery and Church: This church, famous for its there church bells, was built in the 19th century. On the western side of the island, the church is located on a steep hill on Cennet Yolu (Heaven Road). It is claimed that the monastery was constructed in the 16th century. The monastery burned down while being used by Byelorussian immigrants, between 1920 and 1923. The current monastery is being used by the Greek population of the island.

KINALIADA (HENNAED ISLAND)

There are different views concerning the orign of the name of Kinaliada. One opinion is that the name is derived from the fact that the maquis on the island are reddish in color. According to another view, the island takes its name from teh red-colored earth. Both ideas are connected to how is the island appears. The easiest way to reach Kinaliada is via the ferries that leave iether from Eminönü or Bostancı. Kinaliada is the closest island to Istanbul.

What makes Kınaliada different from the other island is the lack of horse carriages as transportation. Here there ar only bicycles, but the preferred way to get about is on foot. Waking away from Ayazma Beach and heading for the hills, we see Hristo Monastery (Monastery of Christ) situated on the highest point of the island, was constructed when the Byzantine emperor Romanus IV Diogenes was exiled here. The monastery can only be visited on Fridays; special permission is needed to visit other days.

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