Buyukada Things to Do

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    Architecture of Buyukada-Mizzi Mansion

    by Arkeolog Written Apr 6, 2009

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    The great majority of island houses dated to the second half of the 19th and the early 20th century. And a broad architectural spectrum, ranging from Greek, Italian and French mansions bearing traces of the classical Ottoman, Baltic, Mediterranean, Hellenistic and Art Nouveau styles to Maltese, Russian and Ottoman buildings, virtually transforms the island's streets into an open-air museum.

    When you walk or go by chariot/bicyle you see many spectacular building on the main road to Dilburnu area. One of them of those building is the Mizzi Mansion, which is distinguished by its tower, once housed the offices of the Levant Herald. The mansion's architectural features make this building a must see.

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    Greek monastery Aya Yorgi

    by Raimix Updated Jul 3, 2011

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    This monastery is still evidence, that place was also inhabited by Greeks, who left their material remembrance. St. George monastery (or Aya Yorgi) is known from 6th century. Anyway, now seems place is more new, as remaining church looks possibly from 19th century.

    If you walk up to the monastery hill, you could see nice panorama of islands around and Istanbul. Also it is possible to see a lot of cloth peaces near trees or on the path – these are left by female prayers for their children.

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    Visiting Buyukada by Ferry

    by Arkeolog Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    There are two ways of getting Buyukada; Ferry (vapur in Turkish) and small ferry ( motor in Turkish). Ferries use the main and historical port building in Buyukada which is by the main street of Buyukada. Port of small ferries is also very close to main street.

    Historical Port of Buyukada

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    Ada Kültür Evi, former The Fabiato Mansion

    by Arkeolog Written Apr 6, 2009

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    The Fabiato Mansion, exhibiting Tuscan lines and used today as a cafe, called the Ada Kültür Evi or House of Culture. Its a quiet place to have a coffee/tea break during your Büyükada trip. Esp spring and summer its garden and the flowers look charming.

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    Goverment House former Emperial Hotel

    by Arkeolog Written Apr 6, 2009

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    This monumental building built in early 1900's. Also known as Hacapoulo House. It is located in a large garden between Cankaya Street and seaside. It has interior decoration on the ceilings of the halls and rooms. It' is distinguished by its tower.

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    Horse carriage

    by ophiro Written Aug 29, 2005

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    One of the great options to view the entire island is to take the Horse carriage tour that takes you in a circle route all around the island.
    It can take and hour and it will cost you 35 YTL (25-30 USD) for the ride so if you are 4 people it will be cheaper price per person.

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    Ottoman ferry port

    by Raimix Updated Jul 3, 2011

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    When you come to Buyukada by ferry it is easy to see first exotic building – it is Ottoman style ferry port that was constructed in 1899. Inner part of it is housed by different souvenir sellers as well as coffee and small tourist information center.

    Old ferry port is one of main landmarks of island.

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    Mizzi mansion

    by Raimix Updated Jul 3, 2011

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    Probably most Buyukada mansions are wooden, nicely carved, but this one is brick and with interesting architecture, looking more as a modern castle part.

    The place was used as offices of Levand Herald. Probably mansion is a structure of second half of 19th century – early 20th century.

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    Orthodox Patriarchate orphanage

    by Raimix Updated Jul 3, 2011

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    Orthodox orphanage is located in one of hilltops of Buyukada. For a long times, from Byzantine Empire rule it was significant place in island. Newer wooden building nowadays looks like it should be immediately repaired.

    Orthodox orphanage could be seen from hill, where Greek St. George monastery is located.

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    Armenian culture - Catholic Church

    by BlueLlama Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    The Adalar are well-known as parts of Istanbul that continue to preserve a mix of cultures that has sadly gone from the city itself. Each of the islands is associated with an ethnic group, and although Buyukada is principally known as a Jewish island, I saw this example of an Armenian church on one of its main streets. Orhan Pamuk mentions the Armenians on Buyukada in his 'Istanbul - Memories of a City' book and it was heartening to see this church.

    It transpires that this is the Asdvadzadzin Verapohum Armenian Catholic Church. And it's a far more stately building that the main church that guidebooks point out in the city centre; it's an attractive building with the beautiful Armenian script prominent.

    Unfortunately, the church was not open at the time we visited, but it is well worth seeing as a symbol of Istanbul's ethnic diversity.

    Buyukada's Armenian Catholic church Latin and Armenian scripts

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    Donkey Ride for Children

    by Arkeolog Written Apr 6, 2009

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    Buyukada is a children friendly island. There are many things for them. Cycles, horses, horse drawn carriages, ice cream, picnic facilities and donkey ride!

    on the way to Aya Yorgi there is a square, where the carriages and horses stop, you can see the donkeys waiting for children. They offer a small tour but nice and children like this ride. It costs 10 TL= roughly 7 USD

    Lidya riding the donkey :)

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    Rent bicycle

    by ophiro Written Aug 29, 2005

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    Bicycle is a great option to explore the city.
    although it can be hard because the island is a small mountain the view is amazing and you can relax in a quiet place , drink or eat something and just have fun.

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    Feeding the Seagulls

    by Arkeolog Updated Apr 28, 2010

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    It is an absolute ferry classic in Istanbul. Feeding the seagulls from ferry is a must do when you visit Istanbul. Buy a simit (round bread with sesame toppings) and enjoy your bird feeding :) Sometimes the seagulls can be little cheeky. be careful

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    Buyukada Walk About

    by Martin_S. Updated Mar 18, 2009

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    The weather in September was so perfect that we decided to walk the entire day and on the way we enjoyed meeting up with some of the local "inhabitants", like the seagulls and cats on the quayside and streets. We also wandered the length and breadth of the island seeing the streets and seashores, if you have the time take the walk.
    Just got an update from ARKEOLOG (Bora) that what I labeled as the red mansions actual name is "Mizzi House". Thanks Bora.

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    Buyukada street scenes

    by Martin_S. Updated Jan 21, 2009

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    Just a few photos to show what we saw while walking the tree lined streets of Buyukada, it was cool under the shade of the trees and if you enjoy architecture you will find many and diverse styles to enjoy. Some of the views off of the island aren't bad either. We found this single small tunnel that went under the main street and we of course followed it till we reached the oceans edge. Sorry to say that the area is used for inserting and removing boats and was very dirty and filled with litter.

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