Istanbul is bustling biggest city in Turkey, located on Bosporus strait. The place was known as capital of Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires. Nowadays it is one of the most visited places in the World, having big variety of old architecture – mosques, palaces, baths, churches, so on.
If you go to Istanbul from Buyukada as a daytrip, you could use ferries, it goes about a bit more than one hour to Istanbul.
Istanbul is about 20 kilometers from Buyukada island.
Before you decide to pass between the colourful horse carriages waiting their turn and head up the road to Hagia Yorgi Hill, you should make sure you are rested, as it is uphill all the way. 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. As a result, on special days you will see hundreds of metres of colourful thread lining the edge of the path. A wide variety of beads and figures are sold at stalls at the beginning of the trail. These items are used for offerings presented at the church at the top of the hill. You will be amazed at the huge variety of purposes these articles have. According to the labels on the stalls, there are special pins used for making wishes about marriage, babies, school, work, happiness and even for cars. No one knows whether those who manage to reach Hagia Yorgi at the top really get their wishes granted, but you can be sure that you will thoroughly enjoy the view from the top of the hill.
Touring by horse-drawn carriage is not enough if you really want to explore Büyükada, however, for there are many surprises waiting to be discovered on foot. The architecture on the island is really worth seeing. Examples of 19th Century European architecture are quite common on the island and there are many structures built in the Art Nouveau style. In addition to European influences in the architecture of the homes, traditional Turkish architectural features also add to the visual variety on Büyükada.
The local stray cats and dogs are extremely cute and friendly, although probably riddled with fleas. Buy some dog food at one of the little bakkal/markets and feed the animals. You'll have new best friends all day...
Truth be told, I haven't got a clue what this place was named or anything about it.
I was walking along to go to the Monastery of St. George when I came across this HUGE old mansion sitting atop a hill in the middle of nowhere. There was a gate around it and a sign that I think was a 'no trespassing' type sign (I don't read Turkish).