Princes' Islands, Turkey

January 20, 2021

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Photographer: Cindy Todd
Summary Author: Cindy Todd

On a recent trip to Istanbul I wanted to do some hiking. So, I headed to the two largest islands in the nearby Princes' Islands chain. The name Princes' Islands is from the Byzantine Period when royalty was often exiled here.

Büyükada Island is the largest island of the group (top photo). It's about 2 sq mi (5.18 sq km) and has two notable peaks. On top of one peak is the Prinkipo Greek Orthodox Orphanage, the largest wooden building in Europe. The other peak contains Hagia Yorgi Greek Orthodox Church and Monastery which dates back to the sixth century. The woods about the peaks are home to much interesting flora and fauna including
hooded crows (Corvus cornix) and are a nice place to roam.

Heybeliada Island, the second-largest island in the group (bottom photo), has one significant peak with a Greek Orthodox monastery on it. Much of the island consists of paths meandering through natural terrain. With the trees and the views of the sea, it was a relaxing and enjoyable hike.
Photos taken October 19 and 21, 2020.