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A must visit during your trip at Istanbul

Halki (Heybeliada) is a beautiful island near Istanbul. The Halki Seminary is an old Orthodox... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Konstantinos V
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A place of unique beauty and interest

Excellent garden with unique plants and flowers. A unique view to Marmaras sea. A place of great... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2018
Alimos, Greece
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“A must visit during your trip at Istanbul ”
4 Jul 2018
“A place of unique beauty and interest”
The seminary is located on the site of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, founded by Patriarch Photius I almost a thousand years before the foundation of the theological school. In 1844, Patriarch Germanos IV converted the monastery into a school of...more
Umit tepesi No 5, Heybeliada 34973, Turkey
+90 216 351 85 63
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Halki (Heybeliada) is a beautiful island near Istanbul. The Halki Seminary is an old Orthodox Theological School that does not operate anymore. The venue is open for tourists for free. One can visit the wonderful gardens of the School, as well as the basement of...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Excellent garden with unique plants and flowers. A unique view to Marmaras sea. A place of great historical interest for the Orthodox Christians.

Thank katpanagiotakis
Reviewed 16 May 2018

We were there for less than an hour, walking around and we liked it very much. It's very old and still standing as the first day. You feel the religious atmosphere. The garden is beautiful and the view from the garden is fantastic. It's a...More

Thank Altug71
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

When i go Heybeli, always going this school! Because this school places best area for watching Island. Just not watching, this school Christian best places. You can pray to God! Listen to natural. Amazing smell. But last time 16:00 a day! Dont forget!

1  Thank ikoylmz
Reviewed 6 May 2017

If you going to Heybeliada Island, you must to see. Amazing beauty and so silent places. If meet and talk a person at school, thinking ll be more better.

Thank ikoylmz
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Twice been there and with no hesitation would like to stay there forever. It's not only the peaceful surroundings, the wonderful view of Propontida sea and nearby island of Prigkipos and the prohibited car circulation. Most of all is the meditation felt all over the...More

1  Thank shelman02
Reviewed 5 January 2016

You must visit this place if you travel to Heybeliada. İt is at the top of a hill between the trees and looking at Marmara sea. There are two parts. One is the school, second is the church. It has been built about 1000 years...More

Thank ESMAIstanbul
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

It's a commercial place overcrowded with tourists. I found nothing special or must visit place. I would not like to visit again.

1  Thank jay17161
Reviewed 26 March 2015

It was the second time we 've been there with our children. A magnificent place on the top of the hill. Astonishing view of Marmara sea. It is sad that the Theological school is closed. Basically it is a monastery and the rules should be...More

1  Thank Vassilis01
Reviewed 27 July 2014

There are no words to describe the feelings upon you enter this area! Peace, Serenity, Awe. We are waiting for the day that we will be able to joy the permition to re-open the Academy A big congratulation to our Eminence Metropolitan Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, Metropolitan...More

1  Thank SOFIAPAthens_Greece
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