Giresun Island, Giresun

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Giresun Island is a small island that has an area of 4 hectares and lies 1.2 km from the Turkish city of Giresun on the southeastern coast of Black Sea. It is the largest island on the Turkish Black Sea coast.HistorySome of the island's ancient names are Aretias, Ares, Areos Nesos, and Puga. In historical times, the island was likely used by 6th or 5th century BC Greek colonists from the mainland city of Kerasous .On the island are the ruins of a roofless stone temple, fortifications and ramparts, and two wine or oil presses. The roofless temple was in ancient times attributed to the Amazons who held religious rituals there. Archaeological studies suggest it was built in the Classical-Hellenistic era. A black round stone about 4 meters diameter, called Hamza Taşı in Turkish, is located in the ruins of the temple. In the present day, this stone is the starting point for a walk as part of the annual Aksu festival and it considered a wishing stone for fertility and health. Archaeology findings suggest the stone was sacred to a Roman stone cult or a Cybele Cult.In the 1st century AD, the Romans erected a walled settlement with watch-towers as part of defending against pirate raids afflicting the dual-province of Pontus and Bithynia. In the mid-Byzantine era, approximately the 5th to 6th centuries, a monastery was constructed on the island. J. Philipp Fallmerayer, who visited the island in 1840, reports that the ruined monastery was dedicated to St. Phocas of Sinope. Anthony Bryer, however, identifies this monastery as the one dedicated to Eleousa, where the Metropolitan Joseph had taken refuge, only to become the victim of marauding Turkish pirates in 1368. Further construction of a castle-monastery complex and defensive ramparts were built between the 10th to 12th century AD.
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  • Now under protection as a bird sanctuary, with some ruins from the old times. You can only tour around the island with a boat but not land.  more »
  • Amazon says in the past history of Giresun Island Sung live... I wish I had given permission to be made on this island camp. A natural wonder, this is a great date but unfortunately forgotten, overlooked slighted this value. I'm afraid to go to the island very troublesome because the whole Kdrm this historic organization of a boat trip to visit he didn't think to do. So find a few boats out there to call the owner and negotiate with the boatman, barely convinced we had to go to if you'd signed this historic island. Then they cry because our city is not a tourist. The most important of the Black Sea city of giresun used to be one. Principal Kerassunde ... Pontic history was written here. The largest church is here, but it is also oddly turned the Museum into three put five pieces. Open for worship they didn't think to attract tourists for the ritual here again for some reason ... A big church on the edge of the sea, a great work has been ignored. By the way I'm saying because Pontus Pontus on the Black Sea, in the old tongue. When Pontus de despite the Statute. The Greek State also established Greek State of Pontus Pontusta. So despite the Pontustur but it is not the Greek:)
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  • This is the only island. As a protected area and has been taken under protection. Tourist place. Definitely a waste of time
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