Have you ever been to Polonezkoy in Istanbul? Polonezkoy,”the village of the Poles”, formerly known as Adampol, is a Polish village located in Istanbul, Turkey. The village was established in Istanbul, Turkey after Poland was invaded by its neighbors Russia, Austria and Prussia in 1775 and the Ottomans granted the land at the Asian side of Istanbul for the Polish immigrants to settle down. For over 150 years, a Polish community in Polonezkoy, Istanbul, has been keeping their culture, history and traditions alive, quite fascinating. We visited Polonezkoy last August, what a relaxing break from the city life, surrounded by lush green and interesting history. Above is some wonderful wooden crafts, replicas of Polish settlers made by them.
Polonezkoy has become a popular weekend break in Istanbul. With its lush green surroundings, pine trees, lovely traditional houses around, it is a wonderful escape from the city life. We stayed at one of the holiday villas with the children, with some wonderful food, relaxation and swimming in the pool.
And who can resist the sun kissed tomatoes and wonderful pointy green peppers, sivri biber? I am missing them very much!:) The village grows lots of organic fruit and vegetable, and even just for that, Polonezkoy deserves a visit. I hope you make it there sometime, to appreciate a more relaxing side of Istanbul.