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The Princes' Islands is an archipelago consisting of nine islands of different sizes. They are one of the districts of the province of Istanbul. The archipelago received such an interesting name due to the fact that all people of noble origin and even royal family who were objectionable to the government were exiled here. Since the beginning of the 19th century, the islands have been used as a resort area.
The Princes' Islands are located in the Sea of Marmara. Istanbul, if viewed from the Asian part, is 2.5 km away, if viewed from the European part, 12-22 km. It is interesting that the archipelago received such a name from foreigners, while the Turks simply call it Adalar, which means “islands” in translation. If earlier the Princes' Islands were used to imprison noble persons, today it is one of the most popular destinations for excursions. You can only get to your destination by ferry, on the islands themselves it is not allowed to drive cars. You can walk, rent a bike or ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
The largest of the islands is Buyukada. It was he who received the largest number of persons of royal blood, claiming the imperial throne. Here it isconvent, built by order of the Empress Irina, she later became his hostage. It was inhabited by women objectionable to the court, as well as old monks. Buyukada is interesting because Christian churches, mosques and synagogues built almost in the neighborhood peacefully coexist here.
The second largest island is Heybeliada. A very long time ago, three monasteries were built on it, and there was a small fishing village. But after the Princes' Islands attracted attention, the population of Heybeliad gradually grew, a ferry connection was established with Istanbul. Already in the twentieth century, various institutions were built, among which it is worth highlighting the Maritime School and the Trade School.
Christians will be interested to see the monasteries of Aya Yorgi Uchurum and Terki Dunya, as well as the Church of St. Mary, which has been preserved by the Princes' Islands since the 14th century. There are also beaches here, during excursions tourists can swim in the clear transparent waters of the Sea of Marmara.
The third largest island is Burgazada, which means "fortress". It can simultaneously accommodate about 15 thousand people, but the indigenous population here is no more than 1,500. Those who love antiquity should definitely go to this island. Be sure to visit the church of Ayia Yani, the construction of which dates back to the 9th century, the last time the building was restored two centuries ago. A dungeon is equipped under the church, into which 11 steps lead. Here you can see the holy springAyios Loanis, as well as the Monastery of Christ.
The Princes' Islands are very exotic and interesting, but only three of the above islands are worth visiting, as the rest are of no particular cultural value. True, you can still look at Kinalyada, which has the color of henna. There is very little greenery here, but there are a lot of stones. Cedefadasi resembles mother-of-pearl from afar because of the evergreen trees growing on it.
The Princes' Islands is a very interesting place that allows you to get to know Turkish culture, plunge into history and admire the amazing beauty of the local nature.
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