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Monday, 25 February 2013 16:47

Büyükada - The Church of the Panagia

The church of the Panagia is at the far end of Fayton Meydanı. The church is dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God (Koimisis tis Theotokos), whose feast day is August 15, one of the major holy days of the Greek Orthodox Church. The original site of the church, which was founded in 1735, was near the Greek cemetery on the southern slope of Isa Tepesi. It was erected on its present site in 1793 and was renovated in 1871. The central icon on the carved wooden iconostasis is a Deesis, in which Christ is flanked by the Virgin and St. John the Baptist. Other icons on the screen depict Sts. Paraskevi, Dimitrios, Barbara and Nicholas. The iconostasis is also adorned with three friezes representing biblical scenes in chronological order. The intricately carved wooden ambo, or pulpit, is noted as one of the finest in all the Greek Orthodox churches in Istanbul; its adornments include paintings of the four evangelists, and the carved wooden figure of a bird whose widespread wings served to hold the Gospels.

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Monday, 25 February 2013 16:45

Büyükada - The Village Square / Saat Meydanı

The village square one block in from the ferry landing is Saat Meydanı. At its center is the conical-capped clock tower erected in 1923, the year that the Turkish Republic was founded. On the right side of the square, at the beginning of 23 Nisan Caddesi, is the Hotel Prenses Büyükada, formerly the Ankara Palas Oteli, a comfortable modern hotel with Art Deco detail.

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Monday, 25 February 2013 16:43

Büyükada - Fish Restaurants on the Shore

Gülistan Caddesi, the shore road that runs past the ferry iskele, is lined with restaurants and cafes, as are the streets that lead off from the ferry landing. Iskele Meydanı, the square in front of the ferry iskele, is flanked on its left by the Saydam Planet Hotel, formerly the Hotel Delakuridis.

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Monday, 25 February 2013 16:35

Büyükada - The Ferry İskele

The lead-domed terminal building of the regular ferry, distinguished by its octagonal passenger hall, was designed in 1899 by the architect Mihran Azaryan of Izmit and completed in 1915. The tile revetment was made by Mehmet Emin Efendi of Kütahya. The upper floor was used as a cafe in the years 1918-23; from 1923-50 it was the District Office of the Republican Party’s Adalar (Islands) branch; in 1950-51 it housed the island’s first indoor cinema. The building was restored in 1999-2000, when Çelik Gülersoy of the Turkish Touring and Automobile Club created an elegant cafe on the upper floor, with a large balcony commanding a view of the Asian shore of the Marmara, an ideal spot to take refreshments before or after touring the island.

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