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Burgazada, one of the Princes’ Islands off Istanbul

on 18/03/2013

Burgazada, second island of the Princes


        Burgazada, second island of the Princes that we see coming from Istanbul and also known under the name of Antigone, is altogether a small island with an area of less than 1 sq. mi.

On a rounded form, its quite distinguishable with its neighboring islands having hills covered with pines. In fact, a fire devastated the island on October 6 2003, burning 47 hectares in its path. 54,000 trees have been replanted, but obviously it needs time for them to cover again the only hill of Burgazada.

The population of the island was once predominantly made up of Greek, which were added in the twentieth century to wealthy Turkish families. In 2000, there were 1578 inhabitants, but in the summer, the population increased tenfold.

When your boat arrives in the vicinity of Burgaz, the Greek Orthodox Church of Midsummer’s Day Baptiste and its green dome are easily identifiable. It was built in the middle of the ninth century by the Empress Theodora in the same place where a patriarch found himself a prisoner in a dungeon for 7 years with two thieves.

As on the other islands of the archipelago, having the car banned the two transport vehicles most used are bicycles and carriages, to the delight of visitors.

Go around the island on foot by climbing the passage through the top of the Flag Hill (bayrak tepe) this allows for a superb view on the Asian side of Istanbul and on the archipelago, 500 ft. above sea level.

During the descent one can enjoy the calm and then come across on the road with some wild horses grazing happily.

A Burgazada property houses the Museum of Sait Faik, a large Turkish novelist. Some beautiful mansions are also visible in the village hanging around the pier.

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