Paradise of Islands: Istanbul
The Adalar district of Istanbul has an island group consisting of 9 islands (Büyükada, Heybeliada, Kınalıada, Burgazada, Sedef Island, Yassıada, Sivriada, Kaşık Island, Rabbit Island) known as the Prince Islands or Red Islands.
Only four of this island group have permanent settlements and travel opportunities. It is possible to reach the Islands, which attracts the attention of local and foreign tourists, every day with the City Lines ferry and to make both holiday and daily trips.
We have compiled the historical and touristic structures in Kınalıada, Heybeliada, Burgazada and Büyükada, which are residential and touristic opportunities.
On Kınalıada, which is the smallest of the Prince Islands with an area of 1.5 square kilometers, there is Çınar Hill at an altitude of 115 meters, Teşrifiye Hill which is 5 meters below it and Manastır Hill at 93 meters height. Kınalıada got its name because of its red-like appearance in the periods when it was covered with maquis. The walls of Istanbul were built with the stones extracted from Kınalıada, and island stones were used in the construction of Tophane Pier and Haydarpaşa Port in the 19th century.
If you want to visit Kınalıada on foot, you can complete the whole island in an average of half an hour. Other must-see places on the island include Kınalıada Mosque, Conversion Monastery, Panayia Greek Orthodox Church, Surp Krikor Lusavoriç Church, Hristos Hill and Monastery.
The reason why the island, which is the second largest island of the Prince Islands, is called Heybeliada, is that it looks like a saddlebag left on the ground when viewed from a distance. Hills on the island; Ümit Hill (85 m.), Değirmen Hill (136 m.), Köy Hill (128 m.) And Baltacıoğlu Hill (98 m.)
Among the must-see places of Heybeliada are Aya Yorgi Uçurum Monastery, Bet Yaakov Synagogue, İsmet İnönü House, Greek Orthodox Theological School, Ayios Nikolaos Church, Heybeliada Senatorium, Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar Museum, Değirmenburnu, Fancy Tomb.
The name of Burgazada is thought to be "Pyrgos", which means "tower" in Greek, which is estimated to have been named after the watchtower in Bayraktepe (170 meters) and changed to Burgaz after the Turks conquered the island. Depicted by the 17th century traveler Evliya Çelebi, the hill was illustrated by the Italian traveler Cosimo Comidas in 1794. The hill is also known as Hristos Hill (Isa Hill).
Sait Faik (Abasıyanık), one of the great names of Turkish storytelling, is also a well-known figure of Burgazada.
While visiting Burgazada, you can see Kalpazankaya, Aya Yorgi Garibi Monastery, Isa Hill-Hritos Monastery, Sait Faik Abasıyanık Museum, Bayraktepe / Hritos Monastery, Aya Yani Church, Burgazada Mosque.
There are two hills on Büyükada, the largest of the Prince Islands. Isa Hill (164 m.) And Yüce Tepe (202 m.), Which is a valley between them, are surrounded by the beach. The entire island is 4.3 kilometers long and 1.3 kilometers wide, larger and more populated than the other three islands. It is possible to visit Buyukada, which has recently received a lot of attention from local and foreign tourists, on foot or by bicycle.
The island has two high peaks: the 164 m high Isa Hill in the north and the Yüce Tepe in the south with a height of 202 m. Yüce Tepe also forms the highest peak of the island. As understood from the travel books and historical events, Büyükada has always been inhabited both in the Byzantine period and the Ottoman period.
If you visit Büyükada, you can see Yücetepe and Manastır Hill, Aya Yorgi Church, Islands Museum, Büyükada Greek Orphanage, Reşat Nuri Güntekin's house, Fabiato Mansion.
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