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About Polonezkoy (Adampol) in Istanbul, Turkey...


Polonezkoy (Adampol)... For breathing outside the metropolis in the company of nature and birds, you may experience both the natural environment and culture in this unique corner of paradise, Istanbul's back garden...

Polonezkoy, formerly known as Adampol is a Polish village located in Istanbul, TURKEY... It was founded by Adam Czartoryski (Chairman of National Uprising Government and the Leader of a Political Emigration Party) in 1842.


The word "Polonez" is related with Polish in Turkish language, and "köy" means "village", which gives a meaning of "Polish Village". The former name of "Adampol" stands for the founder Adam Czartoryski.

The existence of "Polonezkoy-Adampol" within Istanbul is a cultural and historical event that has never before been seen in the world. This village was established in Istanbul, Turkey after Poland was invaded by its neighbors Russia, Austria and Prussia in 1775. The Ottoman Empire was against the idea of this invasion. The Empire supported Poland and Polish immigrants by giving them this heavenly place for settlement. Michał Czajkowski was the representative of Adam Czartoryski for the settlement.

Michał Czajkowski, after converting to Islam in 1850, took the name of Mehmet Sadik Pasha. He bought forest land from the Lazarist Priests for the future establishment of the town. The emigrants from the rebellions in Poland and Hungary (1831-1863) and the Crimean War in 1853, have found a reliable environment here in Turkish lands under the wings of the Ottoman Empire. On the 18th of February 1842, there were only four inhabitants of the village, but years later the population increased to hundreds. The inhabitants also took Turkish citizenship in 1938. Eventually Polonezkoy became a tourist place and a popular holiday town. There have been many famous visitors since the establishment of the town. French Liszt in 1847, Gustave Flaubert in 1850, founder of Turkey Mustafa Kemal ATATURK, Pope 23rd Jean, former President Kenan EVREN and Polish President Lech WALESA and author Pierre Loti were some of the famous visitors. The village had a great affect on its visitors. Czech author Karel Droz says in his novel "Even this is a fairy tale, it is very real. Far away from the motherland, inside somewhere by the Anatolian hills covered with forests lies a hidden Polish village." He describes the view of the village as "a smile of a corner from heaven". Nowadays, Polonezkoy is one of the most famous villages in the world. About 80 Poles still live here and keep their own culture and history. The village is also the one and only place close to the center of Istanbul as a holiday town. People prefer to spend their weekends at Polonezkoy's Club Hotels, Pensions and taste the local food in its famous restaurants. There are many hotels, pensions, restaurants and garden barbecue places within Polonezkoy-Adampol. Polonezkoy… A brand new stairway to heaven inside Istanbul; a privilege, a life style…

Polonezkoy is a unique village with its success in protecting its green nature and environment around Istanbul…

While you were passing through the roads surrounded with pine trees and green lands, you suddenly feel your soul purified from the crowdedness, noise and chaos of Istanbul. At the entrance of the village, its church and the Catholic cemetery welcomes you. About 100 meters ahead you arrive to the village's small square full of roses and flowers.

There you may have a tea or coffee break and enjoy the nature.


"House of the Memory of Zofia Ryży" where exhibited the village's history and photographs; "Częstochowa's Church" which was built between the years 1900-1914 and renewed in 1918; "Polish Cemetery"; "Adampol-Polonezkoy Culture House"; "Open air exhibition center of wooden carving art"; "Apiculture Museum and Souvenir Shops"; "BMX Bicycle Track" and "5 kilometer walking and jogging track"; "Restaurants and facilities with all kind of local food and drinks, barbecue parties, special polish pies, liquors and sweets" are the places of interest...

There are souvenir shops selling village's famous honey, jams, cherries in summer and traditional hand made items. Horses are ready to be hired for a joyful short trip. After a small walk around the village, you'd realize the village's heavenly formation.

Forests of pine, oak, hornbeam, fir, and chestnut trees embrace the village and your eyes get refreshed and relaxed with each tone of the green.. Istanbul... Turkey... Polonezkoy is your pit stop taking you away from the chaotic, crowded and boring city life and purifies your soul. For all seasons you may taste Polonezkoy's charming nature and local food. Polonezkoy is very ideal for your various activities like weekend holidays, daily trips, picnics, dinners at famous restaurants, weddings, meetings, pools for the hot summer times, parties.

Polonezkoy today in Turkish lands, have kept the Polish culture alive for more than 150 years. Although Adampols are very faithful Turkish citizens, they also feel themselves as real Polish people.

They speak Polish with each other and carry out their fathers' religious believes without any change.

Poland lives through the buildings of the village, people's life style, spare time activities and wedding ceremonies at the same time. For the ones who want to taste the nature, silence and special activities in a heavenly place for all seasons...

All and more in this sweet and lovely Polish village, 20 km. nearby Istanbul; Polonezkoy-Adampol awaits you!!!


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