Kınalıada (Armenian: Գնալը կղզի; Greek: Πρώτη, Proti 'first') is an island in the Sea of Marmara; it is the closest of the Prince Islands to Istanbul, Turkey, lying about 12 kilometres (7 mi) to the south. Administratively, it is a neighbourhood in the Adalar district of Istanbul.
Proti was the island most used as a place of exile under the Byzantine Empire. The most notable exile was emperor Romanos IV Diogenes, after the Battle of Manzikert in 1071, who remained in the Monastery of the Transfiguration on Hristo Peak of the island.
Services from the mainlandEdit
The islands are reachable by ferry services that depart from Kabataş on the European side. The voyage takes about 25 minutes by fast ferry (deniz otobus) and 40 minutes by regular ferry (vapur).
- Empress Irene (c. 752–803) - Byzantine empress
- Michael I Rangabe (c. 770–844) - Byzantine emperor
- Romanos I Lekapenos (870–948) - Byzantine emperor
- Romanos IV Diogenes (c. 1030–1072) - Exiled Byzantine emperor
- Zabel Sibil Asadour (1863–1934) - Armenian poet and writer
- Eşfak Aykaç (1918–2003) - Turkish football player and coach
- Zahrad (1924–2007) - Armenian poet
- Mesrob II Mutafyan (1956) - current Armenian Patriarch
- Hrant Dink (1954-2007) - Armenian journalist
- Kınalıada at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality website
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