Turkish Princess Islands

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Turkish Princess Islands

Princes’ Islands is located 20 km southeast of the Sea of ​​Marmara in Turkey, and it consists of nine islands; but the most famous of them are the island of Buyukada (Büyükada) and Heybeliada Island, the Princess Islands are an ideal tourist destination to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city And the noise; but it is crowded with tourists between the months of May and October, with the number of visitors to the island on some weekends to 50,000 visitors.

The island was home to the population since the fourth century BC, and it gained its name after it became the property of the Byzantine Prince Justin in the sixteenth century, and the first Greek Orthodox monastery was built there in 846 AD, and ships and ferries began arriving regularly on the island from Istanbul in 1846 AD And since that time it has been a haven for tourists.

Princess Islands features

The princesses island is characterized by complete calm in it, where the use of all motor vehicles on the island is prohibited, which makes it a very quiet place, and visitors or residents of the island may hear the sounds of bicycle bells and horse hooves, due to the use of horse-drawn carriages and bicycles as means of transportation on the island, among other features It has narrow streets surrounded by pine forests or beautiful Victorian country houses.

Places to visit in princesses

Hagios Georgios Church

The Hagios Giorgios Church is located on one of the peaks of the Büyükada Mountains, to reach the church one has to climb the cobbled road on foot; often it takes 35 to 40 minutes, the church building itself may be normal but Its backyard allows visitors to enjoy the wonderful view of other islands and sea.

Rum Whitemansee Building

The Rum Yetimhanesi building, which in Arabic means the Greek orphanage, is located in the middle of the pine forests located on one of the peaks of Jabay Buyikada. This building was built in the late nineteenth century, it is completely built of wood; it consists of four floors, and is The second largest wooden building in the world; in Europe, it occupies the first position as the largest wooden building, it is forbidden to enter inside it because of its decomposition and not to endanger people.

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