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    Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, TR
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    Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, TR
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    The Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici Koprusu)

    by hekate Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    The Bosphorus Bridge

    The uniquness of the Bosphorus Bridge comes from the fact that Istanbul is the only place in the world where a bridge links two continents - Asia and Europe.

    In the beginning pedestrians could walk across the bridge and the elevators inside the legs were open to the public. I was told that due to the fact that jumping from the bridge is a rather common method to commit suicide, the bridge is closed for pedestrians nowadays.

    It is a toll bridge, and a toll plaza with I think over 10 toll booths is situated after the bridge on the Asian side. Toll is paid for one way passing from the European side to the Asian side.

    Some history:
    During the Republican period, Nuri Demirag, the architect of the first plane manufactured in Turkey, proposed to build a bridge linking the two shores of the Bosphorus. In 1931 he prepared a project for his dream work - brige similar to the San Fransisco-Oakland Bay suspension bridge. The Minister of Public Works decreed that "this is not possible" and the project was abandoned.

    In 1953, the issue of linking the Bosphorus through a bridge was brought up at an official level for the first time. Yet the project was delayed due to financial and political difficulties.

    After about a decade a new government approved the construction of a bridge. The construction 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.

    Some statistics:
    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 Bosphorus Bridge plays an important role in stanbul traffic. It has three lanes at each direction and about 91,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily. The average queue length changes from 6 to 13 vehicles between 17:00-18:00 and from 19 to 21 vehicles between 18:00-18:30.

    Fully loaded, the bridge sags about 90cm in the middle of the span.

    It is the 4th of the longest bridges in Europe and the 7th in the world.

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    The Bosphorus Bridge

    by mvtouring Written Oct 9, 2009

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    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.

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    The bridge of Bosphorus

    by Aggeliki Written Jan 24, 2004

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    In 1973, on the 50th anniversary of the Turkish Republic, a suspension bridge similar to the British River Severn Bridge was opened at Istanbul linking the Asian and European shores of the strait.
    It is 64 m / 210 ft high with 6 lanes. The total length is1,560 m / 5,117 ft and the distance between two legs is only 1,074 m / 3,523 ft. The construction took 3 years and the cost was 22 million US Dollars.
    During its first years pedestrians could walk across the bridge and the elevators inside the legs were open to the public. However, after many suicides it is no longer open to pedestrians.

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    Bosphorus Bridge-Bogazici Köprüsü

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated May 12, 2009

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    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.

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    Boat Trips

    by Gokcecicek Written Aug 15, 2003

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    Bosphorous

    If you come to Istanbul and want to make a Bosphorous long trip, by the sea, I recommend you to go to Eminonu (Sirkeci)
    early in the morning (everyday at a10.35, 12.00 and 13.35) take the boat (named Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa) for a Bosphorous trip. It stops at Kanlica, Yenikoy etc. The last stop is Anadolu Kavagi. Here it stays for 2 hours (for meal etc). At the end of the 2 hours, you take the same boat for the return.

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    Bosphorus Bridge

    by Lion_Beat Updated Jul 6, 2003

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    Bosphorus Bridge

    You can't miss it! :)

    One of the world's largest
    suspension bridges, the Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici Koprusu), linking Europe and Asia.

    The bridge opened on 27th October 1974, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic.

    - 1074 metres (3,523 ft) in the length between the two great piers;
    - the total length is1,560 m (5,117 ft);
    - 64 metres (210 ft high) above the water at the centre of its span.
    - the construction took 3 years and the cost 22 million USD.

    During its first years pedestrians could walk across the bridge and the elevators inside the legs were open to the public. However, after many suicides it is no longer open to pedestrians.
    But sometimes, on Istanbul Marathon Day for example it's open for public, and there are discussions right now in order to re-open it for public.

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    The Bridge

    by ozalp Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    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.

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    Bosphorus Bridge

    by MM212 Updated May 7, 2008

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    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.

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    The Continental Connection

    by HotRodEtte Written May 27, 2005

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    Bosphorous Bridge

    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!

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    Europe and Asia shake hands

    by prikje Written Sep 8, 2005

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    Bosporus bridge

    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.
    impressive experience.

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    if u have only 1 hour.......to wonder around ...

    by melisbilsel Written Jul 11, 2005

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    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.)

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    The First Bosphorus bridge

    by ophiro Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    The First Bosphorus bridge

    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.

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    The Second Bosphorus bridge

    by ophiro Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    The Second Bosphorus bridge

    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.

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    First Bosphorus bridge

    by alectrevor Written May 30, 2009

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    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.

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    The Bridge connecting Continents

    by amouramour Written Aug 10, 2007

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    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.

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