Where princes lived ...
• Where princes lived ...
A large and bustling city should always have a place where its people (or guests) could escape from the noise, din, dust and bustle, traffic jams and endless flow of people, do not stop, day or night ... Is there in your city this island of tranquility ? In Istanbul, there ... And earlier in those places we lived princes.
And because they are still called "Princes' Islands".
The truth is they did not always willingly. Representatives of the royal family and other royal personages here are simply deported when they, for whatever reason, fell out of favor with the rulers of the Byzantine and then Ottoman Empire. And more often than they were princes, ready to claim the throne. Hence the name ...
However, with the development of the city was growing demand not only in the link but also to rest. Therefore, even in the XIX century, the island gradually change its purpose and become a resort, Kojima and remain to this day. Now, this is the only place in the vast, infinitely vast coastline Istanbul is somehow stretched for many kilometers, where you can swim, as it is strange. However, we stayed in the city in early spring, so did not dream to get into the water, and just craved a nice walk, both marine and terrestrial.
Princes' Islands - an archipelago of nine islands that are one of the administrative districts of the Istanbul province. The ferry to the islands depart from Kabatas pier almost every hour. Travel time varies depending on what kind you liked the island. We chose the farthest, with strange sounding name, and Büyükada we waited almost an hour the path surrounded by beautiful scenery, and the cries of gulls, constant companions of Istanbul's ferries.
Büyükada - the largest of all nine. By the way, the name is translated as "The Big Island". On the land area ~ 5.4 square meters. home to 7335 people. Among stambultsev considered prestigious to be here, "cottage", but such a household attribute only the wealthiest citizens, which naturally affects the island. On the side he seems incredibly aesthetically!
It is famous for the fact that it was on this island is often referred objectionable emperors applicants to the Byzantine throne. Previously, there was a Convent, a former place of exile for court women and elderly monks. It was founded by the Empress Irene, which itself later was among the exiles.
First began to rest on the island mostly wealthy representatives of the Armenian, Jewish and Greek communities, but gradually became more Turkish population due to the influx of the Turkish capital. Since then, the island is different special flavor because of the amazing neighborhood mosques, eleven churches and one synagogue.
But besides the architectural attractions, the island of course is famous for its beauty and ... Oh, what kinds there ... The island consists of two hills covered with pine forest.
height of just over 200 meters. It's not much, but enough to enjoy the spectacular views!
But the highlight of the island - there are no cars at all! He is simply not allowed in order to preserve nature and the ecologically clean area! The main way to get around - it carriages (horse carriages). They serve both entertainment and tourist targets, lining up in a huge queue at the time of arrival of the next ferry, and application goals. You can hire a chaise for sightseeing trips around the island (which we did) and you can call it as a taxi. On each such carriage has a plate with the transportation prices for Island areas.
Bicycles are also honored.
But because of the high hills horse still practical. And they are much more.
Needless to say how wonderful to breathe here (despite the abundance of horses). This island of peace and tranquility, where you forget about time, age, geography, and simply enjoy the atmosphere, the smell of pine trees and the silence ... And somewhere in the distance is immersed in a reddish haze is large and bustling metropolis Istanbul ...