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The island of Heybeliada off Istanbul

on 25/06/2012

Heybeliada is the second largest of the Princes’ Islands located off Istanbul.Istanbul's Islands Spread over 2.7 km long and 1.2 km wide, it is a destination far less popular with the tourists than its neighbor Büyükada and still worth a visit.
The island is once known as Halki Demonisos. Like other islands of the archipelago, on Heybeliada Island all motorized vehicules are banned except municipal and police. Horses pulled carriages replaced them.
The site has no shortage of places to visit or just a leisurely stroll to admire the beautiful houses scattered here and there.

For lovers of picnics and swimming or sunbathing, Degirmen Burnu (Cape Mill) on the shore is a popular place.

The Greek Orthodox churches built for the many Greek citizens who inhabited the island in the last century are numerous.

In the center of the village, the church Saint-Nicolas in dark red color covers, doesn’t go unnoticed and contains fine icons. It was built in the nineteenth century on the site of another church, itself built on ruins dating from the Byzantine Empire.

The landmark building visible on the heights of one of the two hills of the island is Heybeliada Greek Orthodox Seminary of the Holy Trinity, closed for over 30 years. Its library is incredibly rich and the monastery and the church bears the same name. The last two buildings are open to visitors.

At Heybeliada, two famous sanatoria, one for men and one for women, have emerged in the 1920s and welcomed the TB patients. These establishments have closed their doors in 2005.
The Halki Palace, one of its kinds, was built between 1852 and 1862 to house one of the largest business schools of the time.


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