Princes Islands, Istanbul

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  • Ayios Ioannis Church, Burgaz Island, Ist, TR
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    Sea Lines, Burgaz Island, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Aug 21, 2013

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    There are several options to reach the islands from the main city ...

    Each day regular ships and ferries run on scheduled basis, also boats carry passengers from "Bostanci" and " Eminonu" ports to islands ...

    Some locals live on main city but also own a second house on islands as so called "summer house" for family and kids, so they also have private owned boats to sail from mainland to islands ... :)

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    Monastery of Hagios Georgios, Burgaz, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Aug 13, 2013

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    The Greek Orthodox monastery of Hagios Georgios (St. George) Karyptis is on the northern shore of the island, approached from Gonullu Street. The gateway leads to the grounds of the katholikon, from which a flight of steps leads down to the dormitory of the monastery, a two-storey stone building.

    Although the monastery is believed to have been founded in the Byzantine era, the earliest reference to it is in the second half of the seventeenth century. This is when the Greek innkeepers of Istanbul decided to restore and maintain the monastery, which apparently had fallen into ruins.

    The present church was built in 1897 on an endowment provided by Simeon Sinyosoglu. It is built on the Greek-cross plan of medieval Byzantine architecture, probably repeating the design of the original katholikon. The church has a particularly fine iconostasis, carved out of wood and embossed with gold, and also an episcopal throne of finely-carved wood.

    On the reverse side of the icons are inscribed the words: "By thy servant Joachim, Monk from Crete, in the year of our Blessed Lord 1818." The iconostasis dates from the eighteenth century and is undoubtedly from the katholikon of the earlier monastery.

    As you walk on the island from the harbour to the Kalpazankaya direction, you will see the monastery to visit ...

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    Burgazada Mosque, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jul 22, 2013

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    "Burgazada Mosque" is located on a small hill of the island where looks at seaside and it is also only mosque in the island.

    It was built in 1953, commemoration of the 500 year anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul in 1453. While the population of the island mostly consisted of Turkish citizens of Greek origins, native Turks with a higher level of income began immigrating to the island during the 20th century.

    During the 1930s, Burgazada’s population was approximately 1,000 in winter time and 2,000 in summer time. In 1990, its population was 2,311 in the wintertime but fell to 1,578 in 2000.

    Nevertheless when the summer comes, the island's population increases approximately 15,000 with tourists together.

    Its a very nice spot to visit on your next "Islands Tour" ... Enjoy ... :)

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    Ayios Ioannis Church, Burgaz Island, Ist, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jul 8, 2013
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    As you walk uphill from the "Harbour Square" to the direction of the "Sait Faik Museum", you will see the Church on your way just after several minutes ...

    Ayios İoannis Church whose history begins well before the conquest of Istanbul, has a special importance in the history of Burgaz Island. The church is estimated to be built in 876 CE.

    A short way to the northeast of the church, on Takım Aga Street there is a glassed-in structure housing on well dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It is believed that this is part of the original structure of the Byzantine monastery attached to the church of St. John.

    "Greek Orthodox Church of Ayios Ioannis" (St. John) of same name foundation is worth to see on your next Princes Islands trip ... :)

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    Harbour Square, Burgaz Island, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 25, 2013
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    As soon as you step foot on "Burgaz Island", you will feel like you are in one of "Sait Faik’s" novels.

    Colorful boats, fishermen in love with loneliness, lounging cats and large wooden houses filled with memories of recent times…

    In coffee shops on the "Harbour Square" you can enjoy your fine dining and your coffee as being away from the city hassle. It is claimed that Istanbul’s most delicious ice cream is sold in pastry shops in this area ... :)

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    Sait Faik Museum, Burgaz Island, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 25, 2013
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    The beloved Turkish short-story writer Sait Faik Abasıyanık (1906-1954) lived with his mother on Burgaz from 1939 to 1954, and their house is now is the small, modest Sait Faik Museum, worth a look as it is a period piece.

    His stories, by the way, are delightful character studies. Many are placed in the Islands, especially Burgaz.

    Situated in a beautiful garden, the house holds a display of his hand written documents, photographs, letters, books and personal objects.

    Museum is open 10:00am to 19:00pm, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, free entrance ... :)

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    Beautiful Houses, Burgaz Island, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 25, 2013

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    There are so many beautiful houses on the "Burgaz Island" as most of them are old and renovated, cause building a new houses not permitted anymore to protect the nature on this preserved island.

    If you begin at the center of the island and follow Gonullu Boulevard, you will see that the most beautiful examples of the island’s large wooden houses are lined up on the right and left. The newest of which is a century-old, these structures carry the elegant lines of Ottoman architecture.

    These houses are striking with their ornamented bay windows and carved wooden frames and they have a common characteristic of large gardens. The facades with wooden columns are among the original architectural details of these island houses.

    Just wear on some comfy shoes and take a long walk around the island to see those great architectures with your own eyes, which most are facing the sea with an amazing seaview ... :)

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    Camakya Beach, Burgaz Island, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 17, 2013
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    "Burgaz Island" has several clean and nice beaches and "Camkaya Beach" is one of them ...

    Even easy to be reached by feet, just keep on walking to the direction of Beach Road, meaning to your right handside direction facing the island and you will reach the beach in about 15 minutes or if you like, there are horsecarriages available at the main harbour square.

    Swimming and using the beach is free of charge, in case you wanna rent a sunbed or an umbrealla for sunprotection, just contact the guy there for help. Enjoy .. :)

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    Horse Carriages, Fayton, Burgaz Island, Ist, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 15, 2013
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    "Burgaz Island" offers no cars but they have horse carriages.

    In order to protect the nature and the environment, no cars, vehicles, motorcycles are not allowed on all Princes Islands. So, you have the option to walk, to ride a bicycle or a horse carriage.

    At the main harbour square, there is a spot as like you can imagine as a taxi stand, the only differ is that there are horses on queue , not the cabs ... :)

    Even to make a one hour tour around the island or just to reach from harbour to your home, you can use the fixed priced horse carriages .... Enjoy ...

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    Kalpazankaya Beach, Burgaz Island, Ist, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 13, 2013
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    "Kalpazankaya" is a state park area in which there is also a restaurant which you can enjoy a great dining experince with a view to the sea and to other islands.

    Besides, there is a narrow way going down to seaside with ancient stairs, making you to reach the kindda rocky beach for swim and for all kind of water sports as like windsurf, kanoing and so ...

    Using the beach is free, but bring your own towel ...

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    Cats in Princes Islands, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 13, 2013
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    The cats, living on streets on Princes Islands are lucky enough as there are many people living on islands all year around and so feeding them even on winter times.

    So, you can see happy and kindda fat cats on streets of Princes Islands.

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    Sait Faik Elementery School, Burgaz, Ist, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 13, 2013
    Sait Faik Elementery School, Burgaz, Ist, TR

    There are many locals living on Princes Islands an so on the Burgaz Island not just in summer times but also on winter, meaning all year around.

    So, for the children of those citizens, there is also an elementery school named "Sait Faik Abasıyanık Ilkokulu" run by the Ministry of Education.

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    Kalpazankaya, Burgaz Island, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 12, 2013
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    "Kalpazankaya" which can be reached with a half an hour walk from the main harbour, by horse and carriage or by tour boats, is one of the spots on the island that must be seen.

    With its brisk winds that prevent one from feeling the heat of the summer, this beautiful piece of nature is bordered by forests on one side and the sea on the other. The small village beach just below it is ideal for sun tanning and swimming in the sea. Also the fish and seafood and “kuyu kebab” in local outdoor cafe restaurant is very delicious.

    Kalzapankaya is a great place for picnics which has an amazing view facing the other islands, especially on sunsets a perfect color of the sky ... :)

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    Bicycles, Burgaz Island, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 12, 2013
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    Any kind of cars, motorcycles, vehicles and all sorts of are not allowed on all the Princess Islands, also not on Burgaz Island.

    So, besides walking, the other option you have is to own a bicycle for transportation from a point to another one on the island, for market shopping, to visit friends, to go to beach etc.

    All ages of people, kids, teenagers and also adults use bicycle on the island, in front of each and every house you can see one or more cycles, depending of the family members.

    Even you are not a citizen on the island but a daily visitor, as you get off at the pier on main square, there are several shops which hire bicycles "on hour" or "on whole day" basis for a small fee, so, u can also do so and enjoy the far parts of the island, too ... :)

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    Burgaz Island Pier, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 12, 2013
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    The famous "Princess Islands" are consisting of four major islands.

    As you depart from Kabatas and / or from Bostanci ports, the queue will be as first the Kınalı Island, then Burgaz Island, then Heybeli Island and as last the Big Island.

    The "Burgaz Island Pier" is renovated several years ago and serves day and night, summer and winter for the scheduled boats and ferries to connect the islands to the mainland on Europe and on Asian sides of Istanbul.

    The schedule of the boats depends on the season, more and frequent ships on summer, which lessons on winter times.

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