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Istanbul Islands

The Prince Islands, which are sprinkled around Istanbul, like pearls, are among the most precious in our country. Kınalıada, Burgazada, Heybeliada, Büyükada... However, two of them are the most visible, the most specialties and the first ones to be visited. We are talking of Heybeliada and Buyukada. If you want to learn the tricks of an enjoyable tour of the Islands, read on and start preparing for a great trip.

1. Heybeliada
Heybeliadais the second largest island of Istanbul after Buyukada. The name 'Heybe' is entirely based on its shape on the sea and its resemblance to a sculpture left on the ground. If we are going to rank Istanbul's summer resorts, Heybeliada has definitely one of the first places. Heybeliada is another with both its nature, its clean air, its history and all other beauties. You have definitely heard about institutions like Bahriye, Sanatorium and the Seminary, because it is famous. The population of  island, which is 7 thousand under normal conditions, goes up to 50 thousand together with the visitors in summer months. Think the rest of... Before the ferry voyages that started in the 19th century, only 800 inhabitants had the island. Rich Greeks and Turks lived in this natural wonder part.

Heybeliada, consisting of 4 hills, is located in the center of the other islands. In short, what should be seen here: Heybeliada Sanatorium, Abandoned Earth Monastery, Aya Triada Monastery, Museum Houses and Marine High School; they come to mind. But let's talk about the streets of the island. Those beautiful houses, the flowers and stone streets that take the eyes of people in the spring are definitely worth a visit. You may also be interested in the museum house of Huseyin Rahmi Gurpınar. You can also choose the tiny pastry on the island square to take a break from your trip and find wonderful pieces in Heybeli Sahaf. You should also make your dinner with a delicious fish.

        

2. Buyukada
Buyukada, where meets lots of cultures and which has been the scene of exiles, has a very large place in history. Buyukada, which was a place of exile of the princes during the Byzantine period, also hosts important historical buildings. As we mentioned, the history of the island goes back to the Byzantine period and Emperor II. Built by Justinian in 569 AD, the palace and the monastery, as well as many religious buildings, have risen to date in Buyukada. In addition, the castle, harbor and prison structures that couldn't not reach until today are mentioned. After the War of Independence, the island, which lost its vitality with the migration of the Greek families, began to re-mobilize in the 1940s.

Today, Buyukada, especially in the summer, is the scene of an incredible crowd. During your visit to Buyukada, you can visit the Aya Yorgi Church and Aya Yorgi Monastery, which are on the highest hill of the island, visit the Christ Church and Monastery at the top of Jesus, and visit the Hamidiye Mosque built by Abdulhamit II. For dining, the restaurant located on the highest hill of the island can be an extremely accurate choice and ice cream food on the island in the summer heat will also be quite enjoyable. You can also buy souvenirs from souvenir shops, and you can also choose pastries and cookies prepared with special recipes of the island.

        

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