Princes' Islands have a history of 2000 years. There are 9 islands inside the borders of Istanbul city and they are bounded to Istanbul municipality. The islands are popular for their historical, natural and cultural beauties. As there are no traffic, and only horse and carts, the surrounding is peaceful. The population on the islands have huge difference in winter and summer, and the summer population is nearly 10 times more than the winter season because of the summer houses.
During the Byzantian period , the prince and other royalty were exiled on these islands.
BUYUKADA: ıt is the largest and the most popular island among all other 8 islands. The older name was "Prinkipo". The island is attracted by visitors not only for the pine forests and wooden classical old mansions, but it also hosts many important buildings.
The Ayia Yorgi Monastry, dating back from the 6th century, the Ayios Dimitrios Church, the Hamidiye mosque that was built by Abdul Hamit II and the old Greek orphanage which is one of the oldest and biggest wooden monoblogs in the world are all located in Buyukada.