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Polonezkoy – A Lovely Polish village in Istanbul

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.

3 Responses to Polonezkoy – A Lovely Polish village in Istanbul

  1. Dzoli September 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I read other day post about Belgrade Bush in Turkey.And see you have Polish village too which is absolutely lovely:)

  2. Ozlem's Turkish Table September 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Merhaba Dzoli,
    Many thanks for your comment, yes, the belgrade Forest on the European side of Istanbul is lovely, such a refreshing break from the city – hope you make it there sometime:)

  3. Anonymous November 7, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    Thank your for this story and photos.Im Polish and I am pleasantly surprised by this entry in your great blog!greets

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