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Heybeliada or Heybeli Ada (Greek: Χάλκη, Halki) is the second largest of the Prince Islands in the Sea of Marmara, near Istanbul. It is officially a neighborhood in the Adalar district of Istanbul, Turkey. The large Naval Cadet School overlooks the jetty to the left as you get off the ferry or seabus. There are two interesting pieces of architecture on the grounds of the school. One is Kamariotissa, the only remaining Byzantine church on the island, and more importantly the last church to be built before the conquest of Constantinople. The other is the grave of Edward Barton, the second English Ambassador to be sent to Constantinople by Elizabeth I of England, who spent his last days in Heybeli in order to escape the plague raging through the city in 1598. His remains were later relocated to the British Cemetery in the Haydarpaşa quarter of the Üsküdar district. To the right of the jetty lies the town with its bars and cafés, a hotel that stays open all year round, and many lovely Ottoman era wooden houses. At the top of the central mountain is an 11th-century Greek Orthodox monastery which houses the currently defunct Halki seminary, the main Greek Orthodox seminary in Turkey and Theological Seminary of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. In 1971, parts of the Private University Law were ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court of Turkey; subsequently all private institutions of higher education either became part of the state universities or closed down. Halki's Board of Trustees refused to have it become a part of the University of Istanbul. Consequently, the seminary section of the Halki Theological School was closed down. The high school section is still open, but no longer has students. The monastery attracts tourists from all over Greece and Turkey. To prevent the island from becoming polluted, the only motorized vehicles permitted on the island are service vehicles (ambulance, fire, police, and the like), the only forms of transport are by foot, bicycle, horse and buggy and service transport. There is no airport; the only way of getting there is by boat. İsmet İnönü's house - second President of Turkey - is also located on Heybeliada and serves as a museum. The winter population of the island is around 3,000, but in the summer, the owners of the summer houses return and the population swells to approximately 10,000 people. The main attractions during the summer are small-scale open-air concerts laid on the local council, a swimming and fitness club next to the sea, and an annual Independence Day march which is commemorated by a resident naval band touring the island. TCG Heybeliada, the lead ship of the twelve Milgem class corvettes (first eight) and frigates (last four) that are being built for the Turkish Navy, is named after the island.

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Is Heybeliada in Turkey on your travel bucket list? This online travel guide is all you need to have before planning your trip. Heybeliada is located at a short trip away from Istanbul a major city in Turkey. Istanbul, is a worth visiting city owing to its prime attractions like Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia. A vacation to Heybeliada can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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Facts and Stats for Heybeliada*

  • Pollution Statistics in Heybeliada

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    • Air Pollution 63.39 (High)
    • Water Pollution 57.3 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 62.9 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 56.31 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 49.87 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 42.28 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 55.51 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 71.24 (High)
  • Heybeliada: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Heybeliada for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Heybeliada.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.16 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 49.08 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 43.74 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 72.92 (High)
    • Car Stealing 36.45 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.66 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 51.31 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 44.5 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 68.29 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 38.2 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 53.61 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 36.23 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 48.4 (Moderate)
  • Living in Heybeliada - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Heybeliada is 113.33 (High)

    • Safety Index 49.63 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 93.02 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 69.09 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 54.05 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 37.39 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 67.53 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.38 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 49.25 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Heybeliada

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Heybeliada

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.23 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 24.57 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 60.68 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 37.36 USD

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