Bosphorus Bridge Istanbul

The Bosphorus Bridge is one of the most famous pillars of the tourist city of Istanbul

Bosphorus Bridge Istanbul
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The Bosphorus Bridge is one of the most famous pillars of the tourist city of Istanbul, and one of the most visited places in the city, especially for photography lovers from long and close distances, as the Bosphorus Bridge, provides a unique and unique experience for those.

The Bosphorus Bridge connects the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. It more broadly connects the continents of Europe and Asia, which is one of the most important reasons that made it a significant focus for tourists and residents.

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Information about the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

Historically, the Persian King Darius made the first attempt during the year 511 BC, when he could transfer his army of 70,000 fighters to the other side via a bridge of boats.

The Italian engineer Mondracol proposed the implementation of a complete bridge in the early twentieth century, but Sultan Abdul Hamid II was not interested in this proposal.

The construction of the Bosphorus Bridge was completed in the year 1973, specifically on October 30, and it was intended for the crossing of vehicles and also allowed to walk on it. Still, it is intended for vehicles only, as 180,000 vehicles cross daily. 

On December 29, 1997, the billionth vehicle crossed over the bridge, and the construction cost was about $ 200 million in 1973.

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How long is the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul?

The Bosphorus Bridge is about 1,560 meters long.

The correct times to visit the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

The Bosphorus Bridge is the most famous in Turkey. There are multiple times to visit the Istanbul Bridge in the Bosphorus Strait, through tourist trips dedicated to seeing the bridge while it is lit at night. Trips to the Bosphorus are among the most popular tourist trips in Istanbul.

Bosphorus Bridge during the day

The Bosphorus Bridge provides a unique experience to see it in its complete form during the day. It can be seen from several places in Istanbul, exceptionally high places such as the Chamliga Tower or Puppet Hill. It can also be seen from several areas in the European and Asian sections of Istanbul.

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Bosphorus Bridge at night

One of the unique experiences that everyone who visits the Bosphorus Bridge at night gets is when most tourists go to the famous Ortakoy area, specifically to the Ortakoy Mosque, which provides a very close view of the Bosphorus Bridge. 

Many cafes and restaurants in the area give the most beautiful experience of seeing one of the largest Bridges in Turkey.

Stats and information about the Bosphorus Bridge

  • The Bosphorus Bridge has been renamed July 15 Martyrs Bridge
  • 180,000 vehicles pass through daily
  • It cost $200 million to build in 1973, more than a billion dollars today
  • One of Turkey's most crucial suspension bridges
  • Its construction began in 1970 and ended in 1973
  • In 2013, famous golfer Tiger Woods hit balls from the Asian side of the bridge to the European side.
  • An annual running marathon is one of the most famous races in the world
  • The Bosphorus Bridge is 5,118 feet (1,560 meters) long.
  • Its deck is 110 feet (33.5 meters) wide.
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How to get to the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

It is possible to go to the Bosphorus Bridge through several areas of the two parts of Istanbul. If you are on the Asian side, you can go to the Pillar Bay area in particular, as it provides an enjoyable experience to see the bridge.

And if you are in the European section, you can reach the Ortakoy region via the tramway line that passes through the Sultanahmet area towards Kabatas. Then you have to take the buses heading to Ortakoy.

The importance of the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey

The Bosphorus Strait is considered one of the most important strategic locations in Turkey and provides a sizeable economic income for the state, and the Bosphorus Strait is treated as an international shipping lane through the Montreux Convention in 1936


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