Aya Yorgi Church
Aya Yorgi Church
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Per M
60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Take the morning ferry from Eminönü 08:00 to Büyükada 09:35, the last and biggest of the Prince islands. It cost only 5,2 TL (2017) with the Istanbul Card. Take a walk from the harbor up to the Aya Yorgi Kilisesi, on the top of the island where it is a small church, a restaurang and fantastic view over the Marmara see and Istanbul. The cold beer taste fantastic after climbing up to the top. The walk takes around 45 minuter to one hour, one way. You can also rent horse-drawn carriage. Take a lunch in the harbor before you take the ferry back to Istanbul. The trip with the ferry is also nice as the ferry make stops at the other islands, both on the way out and back.
Written November 12, 2017
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abuben
New York City, NY232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
First things first. I only comment on my ferry trip to and brief stay on Buyukada, the big island. Having left the Dolmabahce Palace, I found myself at the Katabas dock. Since I had no specific plan, I got on a ferry to Princes’ Island. The one-hour ride cost only 6 liras, and traversed the Golden Horn, Bosporus, and the Marmara Sea. After landing, I wandered around nearby streets, which were lined with restaurants and gift shops. I bought a lamb sandwich for 10 liras in a restaurant, and struck a conversation with an Iranian, who had taken an international test in his professional field. I cannot help compare this place with Martha’s Vineyard. This place is farther from the continent; the water is more beautiful; the price is more reasonable; and people are friendlier. Given its insular status, I find the price here amazing. I paid 3 liras to taste three different sweets; bottled water and yogurt are cheaper than I found in Istanbul. I returned on a different ferry at 6:00 p.m., and got off at Kadikoy, the Asian side of the city. If time permits, it is great to spend a day on this idyllic island.
Written July 29, 2015
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CedroLibani
Dbayeh, Lebanon65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
The Monastery has a 360 degrees panoramic view over Marmara, Adalar, Asian Istanbul and European Istambul! It's well worth the journey from the touristic and the religious side as well! The inner of the Church is colorful with plenty of icons and heavenly symbols.

N.B. To reach Agios Yorghi, you need to suffer a 500 m uphill road that is only accessible on foot. Anyhow, if you are not well-fit and apt for the hard trip, and after you leave the horse carriage, a mule is available in case you want to hire at the starting point of the tedious nonasphaltic road.
Written May 31, 2013
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Jacob H
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
First of all, the ferry trip to the island was terrible - super cramped and the boat was not great. Once we got to the island, what we found was a run-down tourist trap that had no good places to eat or take a rest...If you wanted a tour around the island ( which looked like the only decent thing to do) you had to wait in a two hour line to get on a tiny bus that will take you around the island. We decided to then take the other option and payed a taxi to take us to the supposed “amazing” beaches of the main island… we soon found out that it was very much the opposite! The first beach he dropped us off at was only accessible by boat! We watched the people swimming from the top of the hill while we walked to try and find another bus stop ( which there were none of). We then walked another 2 kilometers and found a tiny remote entrance next to a run down restaurant. We then had to walk down and PAY for the beach until a ferry took us back to the actual port where we caught another ferry back to the main land - For everyone who wants a good time in turkey…I definitely do not recommend this! Run down tourist trap!
Written July 10, 2022
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Meander13441332304
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Beautiful Byzantine church, although the walk it is in the nature it is a shame to see so many garbage on the way from Luna Park restaurant all the way up. I would say that they need to work on this everywhere in the island. 3 days in the island and the picture was everywhere the same. It is a shame.
Written July 25, 2022
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Candiz13
Seoul, South Korea7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
My husband and I were here in early September and I would like to suggest that no one reading this should go to this island. I wished I had read the forum prior but I only looked at this church as a place to visit. This island is an atrocity and definitely ruined our day. Upon arrival after climbing some stairs, you reach the path to the church and you immediately lay your eyes on horse carriages with people trying to take you around the island in the horse carriage. The horses are in the worst condition imaginable. They are bleeding, they are starved almost to death, their horse shoes are falling off, and they can barley carry the people in the carriage, hence you will literally see a man beating a dead horse about every few steps of the way. My advice, if you have a heart or half a conscious you will not support this tourism.
Written September 11, 2014
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BizBag
Phoenix, AZ192 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Here is the tragedy...When you disembark you are immediately confronted by sidewalk salesmen, which you bypass and head to a main area where you can catch a horse drawn carriage which takes you uphill to a drop-off point where you then hike up a steep cobblestone path for about 300 meters to the church and restaurant. If you have shorts on , there are slip over pants hanging outside and it is old and quaint inside..The restaurant has pretty descent food and the view truly is spectacular and a great place for a bottle of wine...Staff is not particularly friendly but unimportant. All of this is ok..But.... it is the ANIMAL ABUSE that is the most upsetting, especially to Americans that worry about the clippy-cloppy well fed horses in NYC...The horses on this island are whipped and worked way too hard (the faster they go, the more customers for the owner) and are horribly emaciated...Once we saw this, we chose to walk uphill through the entire town (again, very quaint), past the oldest abandon wood structure in Europe (former Greek orphanage and very creepy looking) to the drop off point and then walk back down again..On the way down we passed a front loader tractor with a dead horse in it, an obvious open leg fracture and bullet to the head...We were so shocked that I failed to get a picture of it. My fiancee could not speak for an hour..We saw many people happily enjoying their carriage ride up, oblivious to the animal cruelty...We were horrified...Things have been written about this and complaints have been made to the Ministry but you can imagine where that went, on an island whose charming claim to fame is the absence of motor vehicles...please write, warn and BOYCOTT the owner/drivers if you do go...
Written August 31, 2014
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compraschic
London8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Buyukada the big island used to be charmingly tranquil. It is still a vist to the 19th century with lovely architecture and pine forest but it has become a tourist factory. There used to be few horse carriages, now there are plenty and some drivers drive their horses too fast and too harshly up a steep hill without food and water. Many horses skinny thin with their skin cut open by the harnesses. The island is beautiful do go to the top to visit the Greek church and see the ruined orphanage but go on foot or select your carriage carefully. be kind to animals or don't travel at all. The restaurant next to the church serves excellent fresh food
Written September 14, 2017
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Rory R
Tokyo, Japan673 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
I read about the beautiful views from the monastery at the top of the hill on the island of Buyukada, so I headed for Kabatash early one morning (apparently too early for the fast boats, so I had to take a slower one), and the boat ride took about 90 minutes (I think). I rented a bicycle just off the town square, road to the beginning of the uphill trail, parked my bike, and walked the rest of the way up. It's an easy hike if you are in shape, but once the warm weather arrives, be prepared to sweat! The view of the Marmara Sea from the top are beautiful, and there is a cafe at the top with a decent range of items on its menu. I headed back down once I had finished my lunch so I unfortunately cannot comment on the interior of the church/monastery, and somehow missed the orphanage (of which there are pictures posted on this page) on the way up. Although the town square/trail had been quite empty on my way up, large numbers of people were heading up on my way down, and boat fulls of people were still arriving when I got on the boat to return to Istanbul.To avoid having to wait for a returning boat, check the times before you head for the monastery.
Written June 10, 2016
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EmineBC
Istanbul, Türkiye152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Although it is a bit challenging and tiring to walk up the hill, it is worth walking there. The view is gorgeous. If it is not the high season, you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere there.
Written September 20, 2015
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