"The Bridges Of The Bosphorus" Sights & sites Tip by H-TownJourneyman

Sights & sites, Istanbul: 7 reviews and 8 photos

  Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
by H-TownJourneyman

Istanbul, the only city in the world that spans 2 continents, has 2 huge suspension bridges that traverse the Bosphorus Strait, which separates Europe and Asia. The bridges, having been built to ease the extreme traffic congestion of the city, have also had a cosmetic effect, adding a modern appearance to a city with so many historical icons. The first bridge, known as the Bosphorus Bridge, stretches from Ortaköy on the European side to Beylerbeyi on the Asian side, and was completed in 1973. The second, the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, extends from Hisarüstü on the European side to Kavacik on the Asian side, and was completed in 1988. Both bridges charge a toll to cross from Europe to Asia, but the reverse direction is free of charge. Over 300,000 vehicles travel across the bridges daily.

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  • Updated Feb 8, 2007
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