The Galata Bridge connects the neighborhoods of Karaköy (the ancient Galata) and Eminönü. The current bridge was completed in 1994 and is 490 meters long and has a main span of 80 meters.
A walk across the bridge is a quite nice way to spend a hour or two. Watch the boat traffic on the Golden Horn, see if the fishermen are catching anything (you have to be careful of their lines), or/and have a beer or something at one of the cafés and restaurants.
The current bridge is the 5th one and is being opened for use in 2003. The bridge, which was used before, is not being destroyed at all, but being moved to some other part of Halic (Golden Horn) and now in use of some Art Perfomences, firework ceromonies etc ...
It is announced that the historic Old Galata Bridge -- built in 1912, then badly damaged in a fire in 1992 and towed to the Golden Horn to be preserved as a historic landmark -- will be moved to the Tuzla district of İstanbul.
The old bridge, which was between Feshane and Sutluce on the Golden Horn, was moved to the Balat area, connecting the Golden Horn's Balat and Hasköy neighborhoods, in July 2012. The bridge had been closed to cars for many years, but was opened to cars to ease heavy traffic that was caused by renovation on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, one of the two bridges linking the Asian and European continents in İstanbul, and on the Halic Bridge.
Nice spot to visit as u can shoot some great photos facing the silhouttes of the Mosques at the Golden Horn district ... :)
The first Galata Bridge at the mouth of the waterway was constructed in 1845 by Valide Sultan, the mother of Sultan Abdulmecid (1839–1861) and used for 18 years. It was known as the Cisr-i Cedid or New Bridge to distinguish it from the earlier bridge further up the Golden Horn, which became known as the Cisr-i Atik or Old Bridge.
Here you can watch my HD Video for the "Galata Bridge" ... :
On the Karakoy side of the bridge, there was an inscription as a couplet by poet İbrahim Sinasi saying that the New Bridge was built by Sultan Abdulmecid I. First to pass over the bridge was Sultan Abdulmecid, and the first to pass below it was the French captain Magnan in his ship the Cygne.
The Galata Bridge was a symbolic link between the traditional city of Istanbul proper site of the imperial palace and principal religious and secular institutions of the empire and the districts of Galata, Beyoglu, Sisli and Harbiye where a large proportion of the inhabitants were non-Muslims and where foreign merchants and diplomats lived and worked. In this respect the bridge bonded these two distinctive cultures.
There r many restaurants, cafes and bars located just at the below part of the bridge, which I strongly recommend, for day time and for night time, to have an amazing view as u dine or sip ur drinks ...
Just next to the bridge, there is a wet market, too, for fresh fish, shrimps etc ... Also on the bridge, every day u can see locals to fish their own to bring back home ... :)
Galata Bridge spans Istanbul's Golden Horn, connecting the districts of Eminönü and Karaköy.
The bridge is constructed on two levels and there is only a small section in the middle where boats can pass beneath it.
The upper level is a hive of activity. Busy multi-lane carriageways carry fast moving traffic either side of a central track that transports trams back and forth across the bridge. The pavements are often full with pedestrians, while the edge of the bridge, at the time of our visit, was lined with fishermen; hundreds of fishing rods dangling into the water several metres below.
The lower level of the bridge, in contrast, is traffic free. It is lined with restaurants (many with outdoor dining areas), most of which sell seafood dishes and the ever-popular "balik ekmek"(fish sandwich).
We walked along both the lower and upper decks during our visit to Istanbul in February 2013 and enjoyed a lunch of balik ekmek and Turkish tea at one of the bridge's restaurants (Cansin Cafe, near the Eminönü side of the bridge).
For a particularly good view of the bridge, and its endless activity, visit the observation deck at the nearby Galata Tower. Alternatively, you get a great view of the bridge from the water; for example on the Kadiköy to Eminönü ferry.
The Galata Bridge is the main bridge that crosses the Golden Horn, and it is the one that most tourists are likely to take when they pass between Istiklal Caddesi/Galata and the areas of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi and the Grand Bazaar. The current bridge connecting these areas dates from the 1990s and is the fourth structure constructed since the Ottomans erected a permanent one in the 1840s. Prior to that, the Ottomans had used a temporary bridges and structures that were located farther upstream, away from Galata. Given the relatively recent date of construction of the bridge, there is little historical interest to visiting it, but it nonetheless provides an impressive view of the waterway and sections of the city, which it is why it continues to be a draw. The first floor of the bridge (that is, the level underneath the road and tramway) includes a series of restaurants and cafés, allowing visitors to pass their time on the bridge, instead of simply promenading on the quays.
We walked the bridge several times as it crosses the Golden Horn linking Eminonu to Karakoy. Such a busy bridge with so many activities. We liked watching the fishermen standing on the walkway on the side of the bridge with their various equipment, chairs, small burners cooking food, hawkers etc etc.
The water must be 20 metres below and their fishing lines pass by the lower deck of the bridge which has many restaurants and cafes.
Our walks were daytime and the size of the fish caught was small, however I would think some big fish would be caught at night.
A wooden bridge was built during the 20th century and destroyed by fire in 1992. The present bridge carries a huge amount of traffic.
The present bridge dates to 1994 and it is the fourth such to cross the Golden Horn here. The fishermen, the fish restaurants, the frenetic traffic, the views – this is Istanbul’s quintessential reference point. Originally connecting the ‘foreign’ neighborhoods of Galata/Pera to the old city, the best way to experience the bridge is to walk across it. Do it during the day and do it at night. The bridge never ceases to amaze.
We visited Galata Tower and then we crossed the Galata Bridge from Karakoy to Eminonu.
Galata tower (60m high) was built back in 1348 by Genoese colonists and has one of the best views of Istanbul. It’s beautiful to be seen during the night too when soft lights gives atmospheric photo opportunities (pic 3).
Galata bridge has 1km length and we enjoyed all that fishermen on the bridge trying to catch fishes(pic 2). Wow! I wonder if there are any fishes left alive in the river!! Stand there for a while open (or close!) your eyes and feel Istanbul! When you reach Eminonu side you can take a pic of the bridge with Galata Tower at the background(pic 1). Under the bridge there are many cafes and restaurants and the view of the lightened New Mosque is nice!
The Galata Bridge is an Istanbul landmark. Crossing the Golden Horn that separates Sultanahmet from Beyoglu, this two-story bridge is hard to avoid. On the top of the bridge vehicles zoom past while fishermen laze away the afternoon, and underneath there is an assortment of restaurants and cafes that mainly appear to tourists. Rumour has it that Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to build the first bridge on this site, but unfortunately that design never achieved fruition. Alas.
you can hire a fishing line and hook with other fishermen..(fishing means meal or hobby for the people that you see on the galata bridge, but it will be a funny activity)
there ise lots of places that people hook in istanbul (besiktas, arnavutkoy, bebek, cengelkoy..etc.) but the galata bridge is the telling point i think..what is the most interesting is you can make firends in one minute time:))
The Galata bridge spans over the golden horn and connects the old part of Istanbul with the newer part where you have Taksim.
It´s one among many bridges in Istanbul, but this one has a special vibe as it is always filled with people on the bridge selling stuff, fishing and just hanging out.
The bridge is in two floors and on the lower floor you have lot´s of restaurants and cafes.
At first glance it´s not a particular pretty bridge, but it´s a sure a very lively one.
Since 1845 there has been a bridge over the Golden Horn from Karaköy to Eminönü.
There have been 5 bridges - the last was completed in December 1994. It is a bascule bridge - the middle section hinges up to allow the traffic of boats up and down the Horn - and carries three lanes of traffic and one walkway in each direction. The light rail was added after the bridge was built allowing a connection from near Ataturk International airport to close to Dolmabahce Palace.
The first level of the Galata Bridge has markets.
The Old Galata Bridge was built in 1912 by the German firm MAN AG for 350,000 gold liras. This floating bridge was 466 m long and 25 m wide but was badly damaged in a fire in 1992 and towed up the Golden Horn to make way for the modern bridge now in use.
The current Galata Bridge is actually the fifth bridge built here to span the Golden Horn. The first Galata Bridge at the mouth of the waterway was constructed in 1845 by Valide Sultan, the mother of Sultan Abdülmecid (1839-1861) and used for 18 years. This bridge was replaced by a second wooden bridge in 1863, built by Ethem Pertev Pasha on the orders of Sultan Abdülaziz (1861-1876) during the infrastructure improvement works prior to the visit of Napoleon III to Istanbul. In 1870 a contract was signed with a French company, Forges et Chantiers de la Mediteranée for construction of a third bridge, but the outbreak of war between France and Germany delayed the project, which was given instead to a British firm G. Wells in 1872. This bridge, completed in 1875, was 480 m long and 14 m wide and rested on 24 pontoons. It was used until 1912 when the fourth bridge was built but this was badly damaged in a fire in 1992 and towed up the Golden Horn to make way for the modern bridge now in use. If you walk over it you'll see, literally, dozens of locals fishing in the Golden Horn.
The Galata Bridge filled with Turkish people busy fishing and having fun spans the Golden Horn in Istanbul. From the end of the 19th century in particular, the bridge has featured in Turkish literature, theater, poetry and novels. It is the oldest recorded bridge over the Golden Horn in Istanbul and it was built during the reign of Justinian the Great in the 6th century close to the area near the Theodosian Land Walls at the western end of the city. In 1453, during the Fall of Constantinople, the Turks assembled a mobile bridge by putting their ships next to each other and used it for transporting their troops from one side of the Golden Horn to the other.