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Buyukada, An hour away but it is a part of paradise

Büyükada, Adalar-İstanbul, prince's islands , by ozgur ozkok, pentax k10d

Büyükada, Adalar-İstanbul, prince's islands , by ozgur ozkok, pentax k10d

Touring by fayton is not enough if you really want to explore Büyükada. You have to walk to catch for hidden corners …

Büyükada, Adalar-İstanbul, prince's islands , by ozgur ozkok, pentax k10d

Büyükada, Adalar-İstanbul, prince's islands , by ozgur ozkok, pentax k10d

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Aya Yorgi Church

Aya Yorgi Kilisesi, Aya Yorgi Church, Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Aya Yorgi Kilisesi, Aya Yorgi Church, Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

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blue sea :)

Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

When the foliage of Büyükada outside the settled areas is studied, it can be seen that coniferous forests (Pinus brutia Ten.)with Mediterranean scrub ground cover is widespread. The only tree species forming forests on the island are red pines. As the island is on the northmost border of the natural domain of red pines in Turkey, the soil cover is very shallow, and the trees have been under human influence for centuries, the individual trees are misshapen and stunted.

The second type of native foliage on the island is Mediterranean scrub. Mediterranean scrub is the most characteristic among the plant life on the Mediterranean region of Turkey. The Mediterranean scrub elements secondarily formed on the island are quite tall. On the other hand, on the settled areas of the island, many exotic plants have adapted to the conditions.

Buyukada, Ice cream seller

Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

servicing for authentic home-made ice creams. It was delicious :)

Buyukada, Living with bicycle

,Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

motorized vehicles – except service vehicles – are forbidden, so visitors explore the island by foot, bicycle, in horse-drawn carriages, or by riding donkeys.

Buyukada, Aya Yorgi Church

Aya Yorgi Church, Aya Yorgi Kilisesi, Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Aya Yorgi Church, Aya Yorgi Kilisesi, Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Büyükada consists of two peaks. The one nearest to the iskele (ferry landing), İsa Tepesi (meaning Jesus Hill in Turkish), formerly Hristos (Χριστός, the Greek name for Jesus Christ), is topped by the former Greek Orphanage, a huge wooden building now in decay. In the valley between the two hills sit the church and monastery of Ayios Nikolaos and a former fairground called Luna Park.

The Aya Yorgi Church at the top of the hill is of particular importance for both Christians and Muslims. No one knows whether it is actually true or just a myth, but they say that if you unravel a roll of thread as you walk to the church on top of the hill, your wish will come true

Buyukada “I walked alone on colorful streets of Princes Islands”

Büyükada, Princes' Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Büyükada, Princes' Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

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Büyükada, Princes' Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Büyükada, Princes' Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

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magic streets of islands “Büyükada , Istanbul”

Büyükada, Islands of Istanbul, Adalar-Istanbul, pentax k10d

Büyükada, Islands of Istanbul, Adalar-Istanbul, pentax k10d

A tour of the summer houses on the island of Büyükada remains the best place to see the inventiveness of wood constructions with large ornate houses of all kinds including those with belvederes in the form of neo-baroque turrets.

Istanbul again possesses two neighbourhoods which provide an opportunity to see these more dense urban centres of wood housing – that around the Suleymania Mosque and Zeyrek further down the Golden Horn. Both areas are listed on the UNESCO prestigious World Heritage List. Projects exist to rejuvenate these neighbourhoods but progress has been slow. The neighbourhoods of nineteenth and early twentieth century wooden houses are evaporating as is the very craft that went into their creation. Even the Turkish word for “joiner”– “dulger” — is disappearing from the language.

Boathouse, Kayıkhane, Büyükada-Istanbul, pentax k10d

Boathouse, Kayıkhane, Büyükada-Istanbul, pentax k10d

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streets of Büyükada “silence, peace and love “

Istanbul, Büyükada, pentax k10d

Istanbul, Büyükada, pentax k10d

Büyükada (Turkish, meaning “Big Island”) is the largest island among the Princes’ Islands in the Marmara Sea. It covers an area of 5.4 km², and the distance of the island to the nearest Maltepe shore is 2.3 km. As of 2000, it has a population of approximately 7,335 including Sedef Island.

Büyükada was used as an exile destination and as a monastery region during the Byzantine Christian period. The island was also used to exile the close relatives of kings and statesmen who might have threatened their political power. Furthermore, the island was also used as a prision for those who opposed the ones in power. One of the oldest structures on the island was a convent used for the exile of the Byzantine empress and for clergymen who lived in seclusion; however, this structure has not made it to the present day.. Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting exiles to the convent, named Kadınlar Manastırı, was the Byzantine empresses, Irene, who had the monastery built.

Istanbul, Büyükada, pentax k10d

Istanbul, Büyükada, pentax k10d

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Buyukada , Princess Islands

Büyükada, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Büyükada, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Because of a planning meeting I was in Büyükada and I am sharing some photos :)

Büyükada, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Büyükada, Istanbul, pentax k10d

There are no cars on the island (except for the government vehicles)..Transportation is done on coach..In Turkish it’s called ”fayton”..There are two horses and you can sit at the back and enjoy.. You can also ride and rent a bike to wander around the island. Continue reading