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Polonezköy [1] is a village in in the Asian side of Istanbul Province, located about 20 km far away from central parts of Istanbul. Its name translates "Polish village" in Turkish. The Polish name of the village is Adampol.


An Ottoman house in Polonezköy

The village was founded in 1842 by Polish settlers who sought refuge in Turkey after after the failed November Uprising. Although not all people of the village is of the same ethnicity any more, the majority of the population of the village is still of Polish descent and retain the Polish language.

The village is located inside the forests and declared a “nature park” in 1996.

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From Istanbul’s European side, first cross the Second Bosphorus Bridge (officially called Fatih Sultan Mehmet Köprüsü, usually referred to as FSM Köprüsü or 2. Çevreyolu on the the traffic signs). After crossing the bridge, leave the motorway in the first exit, first follow the “Beykoz” signs, after you have totally left the motorway behind, follow the “Polonezköy” signs you’ll see in every junction.


On Asian side of Bosphorus there is a microbus from Paşabahçe to Acarkent (1.75 TL), which will drop you at "Polonezköy yolu" near "Acarkent C kapısı", if you ask. You can get there also by buses 135A KAVACIK - ACARKENT or 11CT ÜMRANİYE – KAVACIK. The remaining 7,5 km you may hitch or hike. The asfalt paved road goes through a nice hilly forest and is quite comfortable. You may see pheasants or other specimens of local fauna on your way. If you are less lucky, you can watch their photos attached to the protective fence of highway. To reach Paşabahçe you can take 15BK from Kadıköy or 121A from Mecidiyeköy bus terminal near Mecidiyeköy metro station.

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  • Church of Matka Boska Częstochowska, which dates back to 1914. The previous one was built at 1894, but perished in a fire.
  • Village houses of traditional Polish style are difficult to find in, what is left now of former Adampol, except a nice Zofia Ryzy Ani Evi museum right opposite of the church, open only Saturdays and Sundays, lunchbreak 13:00-14:00. There is information sign about opening hours and telephon number if you want to visit during weekdays. Some other houses can be found by smell of cowbarn, but most of the roads to such farms are private and closed to outsiders.
  • Polish and phantasy style karczma-restaurants. Staff is obviously Turkish, but you may speak Polish with the owners. (e.g. in Leonardo's or Gospoda 1882)
  • Library and Art Gallery in Kültür Evi in the town center.
  • Cherry Festival in the middle of June.
  • Hiking trail in forest (it is around 4,5km) with a steep but narrow creek.

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There are many restaurants in the village mainly servicing Istanbulites visiting the village for a day in the nature at weekends. Some of them serve traditional Polish meals too. But all restaurants are reported to be expensive, so it may be best to bring your sandwiches from the city and perhaps have a picnic in the park (which contains some beautiful wooden sculptures) situated right in the centre of the village if you are on budget.

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Where you can stay in Polonezkoy

Gospoda 1882 Polonezköy - Beykoz cad. no6/G /Beykoz/ Istanbul - Reservation tel.: +90 216 432 33 56 or online

Fredi Pansiyon +90 216432-30-47

Leonardo Restaurant - Rezervasyon : 0 +90 216 432 30 82. Köy içi Sok. No: 32 Polonezköy / İstanbul.

Stella Pansiyon 75. Yil Sokak No:31 34800 Polonezkoy / Beykoz / ISTANBUL

Tel: +90 216 432 3232

RiZi Pansiyon Beykoz cad. no:6c polonezköy tel.+90 535 595 4973 tel.+90 216 432 3076

Santa Roza Tel: +90 216

Adampol Tesisleri Tel: +90 216 4323154

HERA BUTİK OTEL Tel: +90 216 432 31 83

Polka Country Hotel – tel +90 216 432 20 21

Gülayım Hotel (2*) 75. Yıl Caddesi no: 64 – tel +90 216 432 31 34



The area code of the village is 216, which it shares with the rest of the Asian side of Istanbul. The area code should be dialed not only when calling from out of Istanbul, but also when calling from the European side of Istanbul.

Get out[edit]

Şile is about a further 40 km away, follow the road passing through the village which eventually reaches the shore of Black Sea. If you do not have your own vehicle, then some knowledge of Polish may help you out.

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