A Day at Büyükada | Princes’ Islands, Istanbul


Hello everyone! Today we will show you
this beautiful place which is on the Asian part of Istanbul. We are in one of the
Princes’ Islands and this one is called Büyükada which literally means in English “the big island” so we will be showing you around what what are those things you
can do here in one day. The ferries to the Princes’ Islands can
be mainly taken from Emınönü, Beşiktaş, or Kabataş ports on the European side
of Istanbul or from Kadıköy and Bostancı on the Asian side. The ticket per
person costs only 5 Turkish Liras and it can be payed with the IstanbulKart
don’t forget that we already have in our channel a video about that how to buy
and where to buy the IstanbulKart and how to top it up, as well most of the
tourists can take the ferries from Emınönü and it would take about an hour and a
half to arrive you can choose what other island you would like to visit besides
this one which is Büyükada since all of them are just next to each other but
this one is the biggest one from all of them. These islands have a fascinating
history because during the Byzantine era these islands were the place of exile
for several Byzantine Empresses, as well there are many historical buildings on
Büyükada such as a Greek Orthodox Church called Hagia Yorgi or the Hamidiye mosque built by Abdul Hamid II in which we will be showing you around in a little bit.
For the first half of the 20th century these islands were popular among
prosperous Turks, Greeks, Jews and Armenians. We have finally rented our bicycles and
we found a place where we got them for 15 Liras each so in total for two
bicycles we paid 30 liras in total so just make sure when you go to any place
which by the way there are plenty of places where you can rent a bicycle
make sure to negotiate the price first because generally they are in between 15
Liras to 20 Liras daily per bicycle but this person at the beginning
he wanted to give us each for 30 Liras so we negotiated it and at the end he left
he left them for 15 liras here in the island you won’t find any cars or taxis
to move around we will only have the these bicycles and as you saw behind me
we also have these horse carriages but please for obvious reasons don’t use
them I mean because they are in a bad condition so if you want you can rent
a bicycle you can take a walk here and the islands are very good for walking or
instead of you cannot walk for a long time you can also rent thıs sort of
electric bicycles and some people will take you to the places you would like to
go. Within the island we’ll see gorgeous
spots to look at and one example of these are these beautiful wooden houses
built in the middle of 19th century which are often photographed by most of
the visitors. Here in the islands there are many hills
and everything so as you can see it’s pretty hard to go up on the bike so just
get off of the bike and just keep keep keep walking right now we are almost at the
end so they say up there there are many beautiful views from Istanbul and
the islands and the Marmara Sea so we will keep showing you in a little bit. On our way up to the hill we found this
very nice place which is a park and apparently it has very nice and
beautiful views from the from the Sea of Marmara and Istanbul the only thing is
that they charge seven Liras per person but it doesn’t matter if you if you are
riding a bike or even walking surely you will need to have a rest so
this will be a very nice place to come and do it. Now we are almost reaching one of the
tallest hills here in Büyükada and up there we have a wonderful views from
some of the other islands and as well we want to show you one one a church that
we have up there the church’s name is Aya Yorgi and it’s wonderful so we
would like to show you up there but for that before coming here because it’s
still one kilometer away and as you can see I mean there are many hills so we
couldn’t go up there with our bikes so for that if you are riding a bike here
just leave it in this place just behind me and you can park it there if you
don’t have a lock because we didn’t have it either don’t worry I mean they will
provide you with one and per bicycle they will charge you only two Liras and
whenever you come back you can pay or in advance no problem so we are going up
there right now and we will show you in a little bit. The Aya Yorgi church sits on the top of the highest peak of the island called Yücetepe. The hill is a site of a tradition every 23 of April when pilgrims make their way to Aya Yorgi church. Now we will we would like to show you
this beautiful place and you will find it very easily when you come to this Aya Yorgi Church and as you can see behind me look at these views we have right now
we can see some of the other Princes’ Islands and also part of of the Asian
side of Istanbul these views are just breathtaking so yes it’ll be a hard
walk because it’s you have to go all up to the hıll it’s about one
kilometer from where we left the bikes but it’s totally worth it I mean you
won’t get disappointed just please this is to make conscience and you know
people when you come here please if you’re drinking water cookies or I don’t
know whatever put your trash away take all the trash away you have no idea how
much trash we have found here and I feel very mad because I mean this place is
wonderful it just nature there is no people there there are no buildings
around but there is a lot of trash so please when you come here just take your
bottles away with you I’m pretty sure you’re bringing a backpack just put them
inside and as soon as you see one on trash can just put it there so please
take it with you and well hopefully you will enjoy it these views as we are and
here we are. We are sitting right now in this little
restaurant which is right next to the church that we just went a few minutes
ago as you can see behind me as well we have beautiful views you can just come here to rest and enjoy this place the
prices are okay you can have some tea you can have some coffee you can have
some fries whatever you want like some sort of fast food just
come and sit here and spend some 15-20 minutes you won’t regret it. The Greek orphanage is considered as the largest wooden building in Europe and the second largest in the world. This building has 206 rooms and was
designed by a French architect in 1899 the building function as an orphanage
until its closure in 1964 since then it has been closed to any operation. This is the most known mosque on Büyükada. The mosque was built in 1895 under the orders of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. When you come to Büyükada try to make
it early in the morning because after 1 o’clock or even 2 3 o’clock the island
it’s very crowded that way you will be able to enjoy it much better. Thanks a lot for watching our video and if you would like to keep receiving more tips
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