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Büyükada is the largest of the nine so-called Princes’ Islands in the Sea of Marmara, near Istanbul, with an area of about 2 square miles. It is officially a neighbourhood in the Adalar district of Istanbul Province, Turkey.

Büyükada consists of two peaks. The one nearest to the ferry landing, İsa Tepesi (meaning Jesus Hill in Turkish), formerly Hristos (Χριστός, the Greek name for Jesus Christ), is topped by the former Greek orphanage, a huge wooden building now in decay. In the valley between the two hills sit the church and monastery of Agios Nikolaos and a former fairground called Luna Park.

Büyükada has many historic churches, monasteries and mansions that tourists can visit. The main churches in Buyukada are the Greek Orthodox Churches of Panagia, and Hagios Demetrios, Franciscan Church of San Pacifico and the Armenian Church of the Surp Astvadzadzin Verapolium. The Greek Orthodox Hagios Georgios Koudonas and Sotiros Christou are the two monasteries available on the island. The island has a large number of historic mansions however the most popular once are: Con Pasa, Yelkencizade, Fabiato and Mizzi Mansions

The population of the island today is about 7,000 people. As on the other eight islands, motorised vehicles – except service vehicles – are forbidden, so visitors explore the island on foot; by riding a bicycle (numerous bicycle shops rent them with hourly prices); or in horse-drawn phaeton carriages which function like taxi cabs, also offering “round-the-island” sightseeing tours.

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