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Big Island (Turkish: Büyük Ada)
Big Island is the largest island on the Marmara sea. ( district of Islands)
It was a place of exile the people and was used to be a banisment island by many Byzantine emperors and empress, therefore its history is full of tragedies. Some of its ancient names were Megala (Big), Prinkipos (Lord), Megalc Demonissia (Big Demon), Prinkepo, Crimson Island and Prince Island. All historical buildings which either succeeded to survive through the ages or fell into ruins are religious ones.
Aya Irine is the most famous of all is the "Monastery of Nuns". Other monasteries on Büyükada are Ayios Nikolaos in Karacabey Bay (formerly called Karya Bay), Hristos Monastery on the hill in the middle of the island, and Aya Yorgi in Yücetepe region. The "Hamidiye Mosque" on the slopes of Tepeköy was built in 1895.
On Big Island, like other islands of Adalar, motor vehicles, except those belonging to the municipality, are nonexistent; therefore ali transportation and touristic trips are made by horse carriages, donkeys, bicycles and by sea. The beach is also recommended for the boat trips and for people who prefer to swim.
There are also bicycles available for rent, hiking, cycling and riding trips there are two routes to follow:
The Long Tour and Short Tour.
Great hill which is the highest point of Big Island, you can see all islands, even Istanbul. There is also the famous church, Aya Yorgi, to be visited. The biggest wooden building of the world is located at Isa Tepesi on Büyükada. The building was constructed during the years 1898-99 as an hotel by a French firm and is situated in the middle of a pine forest of 26 square kilometres. There are 205 rooms in the hotel; the height is 1,025 m and the width is 25,30 m. During the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit II, the hotel was banned to work as a hotel. Until 1964, he building was used for several purposes, but then it was taken under protection by the government.
The Available Tours for the Big Island.
Princess Island Tour (Full Day):
Depart from your hotel in the morning by pick up service, continue to ferry port and start to sail with ferry to Princess Isand, While you are moving according to Princess Island yo will watch the bosphorus also.
Cruise in MARMARA SEA to PRINCES' ISLANDS, retreats for the Byzantine princes, famous for the Byzantian princes, famous for their beautiful pine woods and beaches. The largest and most enjoyable of the islands is Buyukada. There you can enjoy a ride in a horsedrawn carriage among the pine trees after relaxing on the beaches in the numerous coves of its coast. Return in the evening return to Istanbul and transfer to hotels.