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Princes Islands

The Princes’ Islands which can be reached by regular boat trips are one and a half hour away from Kabataş, and one hour away from Kadıköy. The Princes’ Islands as suburban areas of Istanbul consist of nine islands located in Marmara Sea. These are; Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazadası, Kınalıada and Sedefadası which are open to settlement and the others are Yassıada, Sivriada, Tavşanadası and Kaşık Island.


The reason it is called the Princes’ Islands is that it is the exile place of palace members, princes, patriarch and emperors who were locked in dungeons or monasteries in Byzantine period. It led the islands to be preponderance as a religious region properties until the middle of 19th century because of the monasteries and churches built over the ruins of Roman temples starting from the Byzantine Period. Some of these monasteries and churches are still active.

The Princes’ Islands are thronged by Istanbul citizens in the summer guests tens of thousands of visitors with its green picnic areas, fish restaurants and entertainment grounds. In islands where motor vehicles are not allowed to be used trips are made by phaetons and bicycles.


Büyükada and Heybeliada, the biggest islands among the others, are the most interesting places especially at weekends in the summers. Hagios Gerogios Monastery and Church in Yücetepe in height of 203 meters, is famous with holiday celebrations and offering place.