A large number of local and foreign tourists visit the Aya Yorgi Church, which is located at one of the highest points of Büyükada and has been open to worship for more than 100 years. The hanging of masks and wet handkerchiefs instead of the pieces of cloth and ropes that have been tied for years to make wishes to the trees in the ‘Azap Hill’, which went to the church, drew reaction.
After the pandemic restrictions, many people flock to the Aya Yorgi Church on Yüce Tepe, which is at the highest point of Büyükada with 204 meters. Those who want to reach the church and the unique view of its location climb the steep and challenging ‘Azap Hill’ for minutes. Although the trees along the road are forbidden, the rope and cloth pieces tied by those who wish to wish are a common sight. However, in recent days, medical masks, wet wipes and labels taken from pet bottles have become ugly images. Medical waste and plastics threaten both the environment and human health along the way and on the hill where the church is located. Month visitors also from Turkey and around the world to explore Yorgis, ugly sights that greeted them extremely uncomfortable.
“WE DAMAGE TO NATURE”
Saying that he came from Sakarya to visit Aya Yorgi, Nuray Ekin said, “We are not happy with the view. There were also in the trees behind our seat while sitting below. Inevitably, our children are in contact. We saw it on the way, I wish it hadn’t happened. We harm nature. I think this is something that is intentionally stuck, not involuntarily. We came to rest on the road, and on many trees the waste of water bottles and napkins are always tied, ”he said.
“I SEE IT ALONG THE ROAD AND AT MANY POINTS OF THE ISLAND”
Saying that he came from Bakırköy to explore Büyükada, Murat Bozdemir said, “I suppose this style is about the man. I witnessed that masks and sachets, which are not very beneficial for the environment or even harmful, were attached along this road and in many parts of the island. I did not welcome this as I am an environmentally conscious person. I wish this to be arranged by the municipality. “
“IT MAKES DAMAGE TO ANIMALS”
Another citizen said, “Our animals are also harmed by this unconscious behavior. It is also harmful for the environment. The mask is a very necessary thing in this period, it was unnecessary to bind trees in this way. ”