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    The Old Galata Bridge

    by IreneMcKay Updated Sep 28, 2014

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    The old Galata Bridge stretched across the Golden Horn, linking Eminonu with Karakoy. It was destroyed by a fire in 1992 and was replaced with a new bridge in 1994.

    You had a choice about how you wanted to cross the old bridge. You could cross at the top level where the traffic also went across. There were pavements on each side. Or you could cross at a lower level where the bridge was lined with restaurants. In the middle you still had to come up to the top level of the bridge. When we were new to Istanbul, it would take us forever to cross this bridge, as we would be dragged into restaurant after restaurant each trying to outvie each other with their special offers.

    As you get more used to life in Istanbul, you walk with a greater sense of purpose and you are subjected to a lot less hassle. I remember the first time we crossed this bridge without being stopped and hassled by anyone. We finally felt that we had been accepted into Istanbul; we were no longer tourists, but locals.

    Once I took one of our visitors across this bridge. I told him I would teach him how to get across like a local with no hassle. I advised him, " Walk straight ahead; don't look at anyone; go fast as if you have an appointment. If anyone speaks to you, keep going as if you have not heard". I then walked across the bridge with no problem and turned around to say to my friend; "See that's how its done." Only to find he had been dragged into the first restaurant and was being fought over by a variety of restaurant owners. I went back and rescued him and he told me they had started with an offer of cheap food , then free drink, then a totally free meal. Somehow I kind of doubt that would have actually happened.

    People used to fish on the top level of the bridge. We often went for a beer in one of the bars on the lower level of the bridge where the owner recognized us and knew we lived there.

    The Old Galata Bridge.
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    Nice Walk Across the Galata Bridge

    by Donna_in_India Updated Mar 16, 2014

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    The Galata Bridge spans the mouth of the Golden Horn and joins the Asian side (Eminou) of Istanbul to the European side (Galata). The previous bridge was a pontoon bridge which probably had alot more charm than the current bridge. The Galata Bridge is a bascule (moveable) bridge. Built in 1992, the new bridge is 490m long. The deck of the bridge is 42m wide. There are 3 lanes for vehicles and a walkway in each direction. The tram runs on the tracks in the middle of the bridge.

    The bridge is itself is not particularly attractive. It is more the activity on and around the bridge that is so interesting. It is a great place to walk - actually stroll.

    Along the top of the bridge men are fishing and selling their catches while vendors are selling various street food. The lower level of the bridge is lined with cafes and restaurants selling fish, of course. We stopped for lunch one day - took a seat outside almost right on top of the Bosphorus River. We had great fish and relaxed watching the various vessels sailing the Bosphorus while fishing lines with small fish attached were reeled in over our heads.

    From Eminou you can catch the ferries or tour boats that ply the Bosphorus (definitely recommend doing this!).

    **For a great snack/lunch visit the boats lining the Eminou quayside. The fish are grilled right on the boats and the finished sandwich is handed over to you from the boat. Small chairs and even smaller tables available. Gets very crowded but absolutely worth it! (With your back to the Yeni Cami/New Mosque, the boats are located on the left side of the bridge - Eminou side.)

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    Galata Bridge

    by magor65 Written Feb 23, 2014

    The Galata Bridge, although not a beauty itself, offers fabulous experiences, especially if you walk there at sunset. The view of the mosques on the hills, the ferries going across Bosphorus and the anglers with their fishing rods, all bathed in the golden sun is simply unforgettable. Soon, when it gets dark, the view will be even more magical, with the mosques beautifully illuminated and the lights of the moving ferries.

    The present bridge, built in 1992, is the fifth structure of the same name constructed over the Golden Horn. Besides being the means of crossing the waterway, the Galata Bridge has also been a symbolic link between two different parts of the city: the traditional Istanbul with the imperial palace and its religious institutions on one side and on the other the cosmopolitan part inhabited by merchants and diplomats, most of whom were non-Muslims.

    With the length of almost 500 metres, the bridge consists of two levels. The upper one has lanes for traffic (including tramway) and walkways on two sides. The lower level is lined with bars and restaurants and is closed for traffic. It's a sheer pleasure to sit there for a meal or just a beer and watch the ferries and people going by. You may also try cheap but tasty street food offered by vendors around the bridge. Balik ekmek (fish sandwich) and Efes beer on Galata Bridge will be one of my best memories from Istanbul.

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    Galata Bridge

    by traveloturc Written Jun 29, 2013

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    Galata Bridge located in Eminönü District of the historical peninsula connects Eminönü to the Golden Horn. Citizens well known for hunting curiosity and ingenuity throughout history use the bridge for fishing, the pedestrian path of the bridge used for pulling the abundance of the sea to the ashore....This is my area which I ve spend all my youth ...
    Many bridges were built over the Golden Horn throughout the history but these bridges have lost their function due to various reasons. After the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmet (the Conqueror), the first bridge not known its technique and style was built between the districts of Kasımpaşa and Ayvansaray with the order of Fatih Sultan Mehmet.
    Drawing a bridge project on the Golden Horn to ensure the transition was proposed to famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci by Sultan Beyazıt II in the 16th century. There are two rumors, one of which is that Leonardo Da Vinci drew the project but it wasn’t accepted by Sultan Beyazıt and the other one is that Leonardo Da Vinci was given up the journey to the Ottoman Empire by the Venetians. As a result, the bridge project had been suspended for about four hundred years.
    After the mysterious bridge of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the second bridge, built on the Golden Horn by Sultan Bezmialem, during period of Sultan Mahmut II in the 19th century, has been “Hayratiye Bridge” today’s Atatürk Bridge. It connects Azapkapı District of Beyoğlu to Unkapanı District.
    “Cisr-I Cedid” bridge which is considered the ancestor of Galata Bridge was built during the period of Sultan Abdülmecit again in the 19th century. The bridge has been called names such as “Pigeon Bridge”, “New Bridge”, “New Mosque Bridge” and “Great Bridge”.
    The new Galata Bridge wanted to make French built from hundred and five thousand gold coins between the years of 1870 and 1912 but it was built by a British company because there was a problem between France and Germany.
    In 1912, another bridge was built for three hundred and fifty thousand golden coins because old bridge no longer met the needs. But the new built bridge had been damaged in May 1992 by a fire of which reason hadn’t been detected. A part of the bridge burned had been repaired and placed in more internal parts of the Golden Horn to ensure the transition between Hasköy and Feshane. Today, burning “Galata Bridge” is used to transfer from Hasköy to Feshane.

    Today’s “Galata Bridge”
    Galata Bridge was built for the fifth and last time thirty one months later after the last fire and it was finished in December 1994. The length of the bridge is four hundred ninety meters and wide of the bridge is forty two meters. Also the bridge has an opening up the middle part which allows passing the ships.
    Galata Bridge has a feature being one of the largest bridges in the world which have on the rail line. The rail line is a tram.
    In 2003, restaurants and cafes at the bottom of Galata Bridge were opened to the public. People not content with watching the view of the Golden Horn can be part of the landscape in these places open until the first light of morning.
    Briefly you can go fishing on the Galata Bridge or you can eat a fish at the bottom restaurants with a glass of drink. You will feel the blue waters of the Golden Horn flowing under your feet. We hope you will see the magic places whether you come from any other country or you live in Istanbul.

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    The Galata Bridge

    by ValbyDK Written Jun 9, 2013

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    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.

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    "OLD" Galata Bridge, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated May 25, 2013

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    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 ... :)

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    Galata Bridge, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated May 24, 2013

    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" ... :
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    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 ... :)

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    Galata Bridge - spanning Istanbul's Golden Horn

    by SWFC_Fan Written Mar 2, 2013

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    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.

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    Ana Meryem Church

    by mikey_e Written Dec 7, 2012

    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.

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    Fifth time a charm

    by mikey_e Written Dec 7, 2012

    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.

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    Colourful Ferries Near Galata Bridge.

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 11, 2012

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    Walking across the Galata Bridge from Eminou we stopped for 10 minutes to take in the view, everyway we looked we saw something that grabbed our attention. The beautifully decorated ferries took my eye.

    It did not look like they were working during the day and I presume they most likely take tourists on evening cruises along the beautiful Bosphorus on a dinner cruise. We did not have time to ride in these ferries.

    Beautifully Decorated Ferries Ferries near Galata Bridge
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    Galata Bridge Connects Europe to Asia

    by Mikebb Updated Feb 14, 2012

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    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.

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    GALATA BRIDGE/GALATA KÖPRÜSÜ

    by mtncorg Written Nov 15, 2011

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    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.

    Galata Bridge and Yeni Cami from Galata Tower Fish restaurants line the bridge on both sides Heading underneath the Galata Bridge to Bosphorus
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    From Galata Tower to Eminonu…

    by mindcrime Updated May 13, 2011

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    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!

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    fishing:)

    by moonset Updated Nov 22, 2010

    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:))

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