Hello, this week I will give you information about historical places and places to visit in Büyükada, which has become one of the places that Istanbul residents frequently visit during summer months. Büyükada is the largest of the nine Princes' Islands in the Sea of Marmara, near Istanbul.

When we look at the history of the island; The history of Büyükada, known as the greatest of the Prince Islands, dates back to ancient times. During the Byzantine period, especially as a result of political disputes and throne, government officials were sent to exile. It is possible to say that after the conquest of Istanbul, the security of Büyükada was provided after the Ottoman rule.

Historical Places to Visit in Büyükada:

Although it is not possible to visit the entire island in one day, certain activities can be carried out at any time of day. If we were to arrange historical places to visit in Ada;

- Aya Yorgi Church: The church which was built in 1751 and known as Yücetepe can be reached by foot or by bicycle. The church is under heavy influx of visitors on April 23rd and September 24th.

- The Museum of the Islands: One of the other places that we can recommend to see in the island is the Museum of the Islands. Especially about the history of the island gives us information.

- Virgin Mary's Church: Mary's main church, known as the "arabacilar church" in public language, is one of the most visited places on the island with its magnificent structure.

- Greek Orphanage: One of the places that can be added to the Büyükada excursion list is the Prinkipo Greek Orphanage on the top of the monastery, which took place between 1898 and 1899. It is claimed that the building is the largest and most multi-storey wooden building in the world. Today, it is possible to see from the outside only because of the danger of collapse.

Transportation: Transportation to and from Büyükada is via ferry lines such as sea buses, turyol and blue marmara from Istanbul.

Apart from daily trips in Büyükada, there are many accommodation facilities in long holiday accommodation especially during the summer season and there are some beaches that can be used for a certain fee. Among these are the most known; Yoruk ali, Nakibey and Princess cove beaches. Other activities that can be performed on the island are; picnic in Dilburnu nature park, participating in phaeton and bicycle tours.

Written by Vildan DEMİR