Turkish regions: Prince of Islands
15-30 km south of Istanbul, in the waters of marble, the sea is a small princes archipelago (Princes Islands, Kizil Adalar) or Adalar Islands. Four of the nine islands are easily accessible ferry from Istanbul and in the summer weekend ends turn into a popular holiday destination. Suffice it to say that the population of the largest island of the archipelago – Buyukada – increases in the summer from 6500 inhabitants to more than 40 thousand! From the XIX century, the islands are a popular vacation spot in Istanbul, and their Victorian-style mansions are still considered one of the business cards of these places.
- Princes of Islands
- Passenger Port on the island
- In the Printed Islands Istanbul mail no cars
The quiet and pastoral islands, on which there are practically no machines, except the police and service services (the rest of the population moves on bicycles – with license plates, by the way – and phaetons), retained many old traditions, and at the same time lie so close to Istanbul, attracting a lot of guests. One day trips from the city are organized here, but it is necessary to stay for more than a longer period, because for the summer all hotels are booked at least for 3-4 months. Each hour from the Istanbulskaya Pier Sirkegei is a ferry (Announcement Adalar Iskelesi Dock), which in turn stops from four of the nine printed islands (travel in both directions will cost about 2-3 euros).
Bureukada (Buyukada, Big Island, Prinkipo, or Prince Island) – The largest and most southernmost in the archipelago. For many centuries, he was a shelter of exiles, Greek, Armenian, Syrian and Jewish communities still live here quite compactly. Lion Trotsky lived here (from 1929 to 1933.) – It was here that he began to write his "The history of the Russian revolution", Here she committed with him his daughter. The large wooden mansions characteristic of the island are usually surrounded by beautiful gardens and hedges from magnolia, mimosa and jasmine, and small rocky arrays are shaded with tiny forests from myrtit, pine, lilac and rock rose. Therefore, it is not surprising that his calling card is considered. Smells! And, of course, magnificent landscapes, traditional fish restaurants (notable, however) and picturesque, although small in size, beaches.
- In the monastery of St. George
- Beach on Kinal Island
Both small elevations of the island are crowned with monasteries. And the Orthodox Monastery of St. George (XII-XVII centuries, lying on the South Hill Hill.) consists of three levels, at the lowest of which hire a sacred spring beats, and in the complex itself collected hundreds of standing hours related to the legend of visiting the island of the Virgin. On the north hill of Isa-Teppeas there are a small chapel and several old buildings. Here there is a small cafe, famous for his wine (they used to do in the monastery itself, and now it is a private business). Total on the island has nine Greek Orthodox churches, one Armenian, one Latin and one synagogue.
Island Halebeliada, known since ancient pore like a halki ("Copper") also managed to maintain most of its characteristic "rural identity". Since the time of the Byzantine Empire, here, on the top of the Northern Hill of the island, was the famous Theological School of Ayia Triad Manastiri, in which many Russian patriarchs studied (since 1973 it does not work, but access to tourists is allowed from Monday to Saturday, from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 16.00; Free admission). A unique library is preserved, containing 230 thousand books and Byzantine manuscripts (access is limited). You can also see the old Naval Academy (now the Central Naval School) and the Church of Ayia Nicolas with Curious Quarants. And the island itself has long turned into a popular seaside resort, famous for its shores and fish restaurants, although the purity of water here is from time to time do not comply at all.
Island Kynalyada (Faith, or Henna) got his name from red color of his oriental rocks. Like a hebeliad, this land has long served as a place of reference – the island’s special fame brought Roman IV Diogen, explaced to the island after defeating Seljuks in the battle of Malazgirt. The island itself is enough goal and fruitlessly, besides quite tightly built up, but it is considered the best place for swimming and snorkeling, since its shores are the most pure in the archipelago.
Island Burgazada (Antigoni) is famous for its charming small house-museum of the writer and novelist, Sait Faik Abasıyanık, which is often referred to "Turkish Mark Twen" (Opened on Thursday-Friday from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00, on Saturdays – from 10.00 to 12.00; The entrance is free), the church of St. John the Baptist and again – good restaurants.