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Full Day Tour in Sultanahmet and Bosphorus Cruise from Ortakoy dock
"You will start your tour with a pick-up from your accommodation and then travel to the Sultanahmet. You will meet your guide and make your first stop at the Hagia Sophia. It is a reminder of the fall of Constantinople a painful thousand year history and is a symbol of the unbreakable faith of millions. It is here that holy relics brought from all over the world inspired awe; that hatred and jealousy destroyed precious mosaics; that the faith was defended; and priceles Hagia Sophia tells us about the city’s greatness and it remains at the heart of the Orthodox world.Every visit to Istanbul is exciting and unique in its own way especially because the visitor always has the opportunity to touch history. As you st you will become acquainted with Istanbul’s rich Byzantine history.The tour will be continued by visiting the Blue Mosque. Admire a special time by walking in the heart of historical part of Istanbul and get some great shots of old city. You will shop owners open the doors of their shops as they have done for nearly 600 years. Now it is the biggest market in the world consisting of five thousand stores over 58 streets and serving a quarter of a million visitors every day. After great experience with shopping at Grand Bazaar and tasty lunch in cozy cafe you will drive by coach till the First Bosphorus Bridge a baked potato with various fillings (own expense)
From EUR129.00
 
Morning Bosphorus Cruise From Istanbul
"This magnificent morning cruise ferry leaves from Eminonu dock and then continues its 90 minute non-stop tour to the Second Bosphorus Bridge and back with a visit to the Historical Eminonu district. Cruising the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul you can see how the city and the Ottoman world gradually changed. By the 18th century the old centre and the palace began to extend beyond the boundaries of the city. The Sultan and his entourage started to build new residences in a sophisticated western style on the banks of the Strait. These mansions were built in a way that enabled one there was usually a huge garden in which a harem could be built. The houses faced the water and it was this characteristic that had not previously existed. This new style pleased not only the Turkish aristocracy: more and more European diplomats moved in the Bosphorus became similar to the Grand Canal being a place where people could demonstrate their power and wealth."
From EUR25.00
 
Bosphorus Bridge From Europe to Asia From Istanbul
"The Bosporus BridgeBuilt in 1974 the bridge connects the European and the Asian sections of Istanbul. While traveling over 60 meters above the sea level an immaculate sight of the city’s both modern and ancient sites can be seen.Çamlica HillThe highest point in Istanbul with a panoramic command over the city. Provided that Istanbul chooses to show its beauties and blesses the visitors with a clear day one can see (and picture) forever.Beylerbeyi PalaceOne of the largest lavishly furnished 19th century summer residences of the Ottoman sultans. The rooms are kept with their original furniture; and visitors feel like being house guests to the Imperial family.Baghdad StreetOnce the grouping point for the merchan this popular street on the Asian side of Istanbul has elegant boutiques and shopping alternatives. This will be a perfect chance to see the urban lifestyle of modern Istanbul.Please note that the Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursda
From $39.00

Bosphorus Bridge Tips (21)

The Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici Koprusu)

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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hekate
Mar 10, 2005

The Bosphorus Bridge

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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mvtouring
Oct 09, 2009

The bridge of Bosphorus

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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Aggeliki
Jan 24, 2004

Bosphorus Bridge-Bogazici Köprüsü

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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May 12, 2009
 
 
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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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Lion_Beat
Jul 06, 2003

The Bridge

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.

ozalp
Jul 29, 2008

Bosphorus Bridge

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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MM212
May 07, 2008

The Continental Connection

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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May 27, 2005

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Europe and Asia shake hands

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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prikje
Sep 08, 2005

First Bosphorus bridge

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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alectrevor
May 30, 2009

The Bridge connecting Continents

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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amouramour
Aug 10, 2007

The Bridge.!

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.

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siso010
Oct 17, 2005

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