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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:02

Heybeliada - Çam Limanı

Çam Limanı is a well-known summer destination for visitors wanting to swim and to picnic beside the sea under the pine trees. In earlier times there were cafes along the water, but today the bay has fallen on hard times and consists of a rough beach, some little snack and soft-drink stands, and a football field. Still, Istanbulites all know the song by Yesari Asim Arsoy (whose statue is mentioned above) that celebrates the pleasures of an earlier era’s moonlight evenings at Çam Limanı.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:01

Heybeliada - The Heybeliada Sanitarium

The Heybeliada Sanitarium is perched on a bluff above the sea on Yeşıl Burnu (Green Point), the promontory that forms the eastern arm of Çam Limanı. Founded in 1924 under the direction of Professor Dr. Sever Kamil, it was the first sanitarium in Istanbul, and presently closed

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There is another small monastery on the peak of Baltacıoglu Tepesi at the southwestern end of the island. This also originated as a skete, founded in 1835 by a monk named Andonis Tsimas. The skete eventually developed into the monastery of the Metamorphosis of Christ the Saviour (Metamorphoseos tou Sotiros Christou), known in Turkish variously as Hristos Manastir (Christ Monastery) or Makarios Monastery, in memory of a monk of that name. All that remains today is a small chapel and an attached house, both embowered in a picturesque setting on the hilltop.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:57

Heybeliada - The monastery of Hagios Spyridon

The monastery of Hagios Spyridon (called Terki Dunya in Turkish) is on the southwest coast of the island, perched on the promontory that forms the western horn of the huge crescent-shaped bay known as Çam Limanı (Pine Port). This little monastery began in 1868 as a skete, a simple monastic hut, dedicated to St. Spyridon by a young monk from Thrace known as Arsenios. Subsequently the metropolitan bishop of Cephalonia, Embariki Mazarakis, helped Arsenios build the katholikon and a small dormitory for the monks. The monastery was destroyed in the 1894 earthquake, but then rebuilt to twice its original size. When Father Arsenios died in 1905 he was buried in the garden of his monastery. The monastery was restored in 1954 by Patriarch Athenagoras. It has since been badly damaged by fire and is now falling into ruins.

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