"Istanbul" is the only city on the planet which combines the two continents "Europe" and "Asia" with a bridge ...
Actually they are two bridges, the first one build and opened to service is the "Bosphorus Bridge" which has "legs" on "Ortakoy" on European Side and on "Beylerbeyi" on Asian Side.
The second one is the "Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge" which is put on service on year of 1988 and its legs are sitting on "Hisarustu" on European Side and on "Kavacik" on Asian Side.
Nowadays, the planning is approved by the Government and the start-up construction of the 3th bridge is on the go which is already named as "Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge", assumed to be put on service on the year of 2015 as estimated.
The fact that the Bosphorus Bridge links two continents - Asia and Europe, makes it quite unique. It is quite a great feeling driving over the bridge and leaving the one continent only to enter the other a few minutes later.
Even though it is a toll bridge, we did not have to pay when we crossed due to Ramazaan being celebrated. The construction of the bridge took 3 years and the cost was 22 million US Dollars.
The Bosphorus Bridge was officially opened in 1973 during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the foundation of the Republic.
The bridge is 1560 m long, with a middle span of 1.074 m, a width of 33.40 m and an altitude of 64 m. The bridge plays an enormous role in Istanbul traffic. It has three lanes at each direction and about 91,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily. It is the 4th of the longest bridges in Europe and the 7th in the world.
The Bosphorus bridge was built in 1973 by the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering of Darlington England. Total length is 1560 metres, and goes from Asia to Europe or even Europe to Asia ! ! It is a marvellous sight as you sail under it on a ferry.
The Bosphorus Bridge is one of the two bridges in Istanbul, spanning the Bosphorus strait and thus connecting Europe and Asia. It was completed in 1973. The bridge is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side).
It is 1,510 m long with a deck width of 39 m. The distance between the towers (main span) is 1,074 m and their height over road level is 105 m. The clearance of the bridge from sea level is 64 m.
You can watch my 2 min 34 sec HQ Video Istanbul Bosphorus Bridge out of my Youtube channel with Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by the Trevorhorn Orchestra.
Bosphorus Bridge is the first connection between Anatolia and Europe. With the efforts of 35 engineers and 400 men, it was completed and opened in 30th October 1973, when our Republic was 50 years and 1 day old. Its tower in Asian part is in Beylerbeyi, and in European part in Ortakoy.
Its main span is 1074 m (15th longest in the world) and total length is 1510 m. Towers’ height is 105 m, deck’s clearance from sea level is 64 m. Deck width is 39 m and it is hanging on zigzag steel cables. Thinking about its structural design gives me headaches.
It is forbidden to walk over the bridge now, but it wasn’t once. I heard stories about walking to home in European part from Asian part from my uncles and aunts. Then (because of the suicides and sabotage risk) it was prohibited. Now it is only possible if you participate to Eurasia Marathon.
After all these technical and historical “serious” information… One day we discovered light! Now our old bridge has funny, colorful, changing lights during nights. We must admit that we have a gay bridge. We needed somebody to speak out loud it. Somebody, some child to tell that "the king is naked". Then, he came, with the body of a gorgeous man and with the soul of a spoiled girl. And he told us that “You have a very gay bridge.” He was Rufus Wainwright and he was so damn right.
Completed in 1973, the Bosphorus Bridge was the first linking the European side with Asia. At the time of completion it was the longest suspension bridge outside the United States. It connects the European Ortaköy with the Asian Beylerbeyi. Prior to the construction, the only mode of transport between the two continents was the ferry, which is still very much used to this day. A drive across the bridge is recommended for the scenic views over the Bosphorus Strait.
The Bosphorus Bridge lies between Ortakoy and Beylerbeyi..This beautiful bridge gives us the opportunity to pass from Asia to Europe or vice versa..Enjoy the marvellous scene while you're riding on the Bridge.Don't forget that the pedestrians are not allowed on the bridge.
Bosphorus Bridge is the 1st suspension bridge, connecting Europe and Asia.
It took 3 years (1970-73) to build this bridge that looks like Severn Bridge in England.
The bridge, also known as Ataturk Bridge, is 1560m long, 33m wide and 64m high.
It’s the 4th longest suspension bridge in Europe and 7th in the world.
After a lovely trip with ferry, from Eminonu to Uskudar, across Bosphorus, you hit the Asian part of this unique city. In this point you can take a cab to go up to Camlica Hill, where you find one of the most interesting views of Istanbul
Boshphor bridge is something that Turkey should be proud with.!
it crosses over the sea,its something when you stay there and start take photos from a top view to the sea and the down of the city.!
I like staying there and taking some photos by myself just pick up a good time to go there.
The huge impressive bridge connects the europian side of turky to the asian side of it.
If you take a long city tour they stop there so you have the opportunity to take pictures.
lots of traffic crossing ot so visiting in rush hour is not advisable.
I took a boat ride along the Bosporus to the Black sea and the you see it from beneath.
The Second Bosphorus bridge called also Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge is the second bridge on your way up to the black sea.
The bridge connects the 2 continents and he is 1.5 km long.
On the European side you can see Kavacik and rumeli fortress and on the Asian side you can see hisarustu.
Pedestrians can't walk on the bridge because of suicides.
The First Bosphorus bridge is very close to Ortakoy Mosque.
The bridge connects the 2 continents and he is 1km long.
On the European side you can see Ortakoy mosque and Dolmabahce palace very close and on the Asian side you can see Beylerbey palace .
Pedestrians can't walk on the bridge because of suicides.
I promise to you all,to take wonderfull photos of this trip....
u know what...iam 33, and lived all in istanbul, but just today,i get on that ferry that takes this route...what a shame ...
from 17.50 , or 18.20 , or 18.25 .....
takes the tour...from eminonu.
infact people use this ferry to get back to home from their work...
it begins at eminonu...passes by so close to coast stops by besiktas, ortakoy,kuzguncuk,beylerbeyi,cengelkoy,pasabahce,beykoz ....have fish there......from beykoz you take small ferries to back to european site : istinye...by bus back to emnonu..hve a cup of tea or coffe at rmeli/bebek/arnavutkoy....
well,todayy, i had to go beylerbeyi from eminonu.
so took this ferry..so lovely scene...
(i had lots of ferry tour in bosphorus...but i dont know why this one comes to me so special.)
Although we were on the European side of Istanbul throughout our visit, it was cool to see the bridge connecting the 2 continents. For as skinny as the bosphorous looks on a map, it was a surprise to see just how long this bridge really is!