The Historical Galata Bridge in Istanbul
The Galata Bridge is one of its most important landmarks and is frequented by tourists from all over the country. Read more about this Turkish historical icon.
The city of Istanbul, Turkey, is characterized by its beauty, its ruins and its civilization throughout the ages. It contains castles, mosques, ancient churches and various buildings dating back thousands and hundreds of years. The Galata Bridge is one of its most important landmarks and is frequented by tourists from all over the country. Let's get to know more.
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Introduction About Galata Bridge: Location and History
Galata Bridge extends across the Golden Horn Bay on the western side of Constantinople (Istanbul) and has been named after the neighborhood next to it. You can see many attractions and monuments such as the Galata Tower and others. With beautiful views of Istanbul, Galata, the Bosphorus and the Asian coast. It was built in 1905 according to the edition of the Mediterranean Book of the Mediterranean, Mahmoud II built the bridge and opened it in 1836. The bridge between the provinces of Istanbul and Galata was originally built of wood in 1845 and was named after the Sultan's mother's bridge after his mother, The first to pass was French captain Magnan in his ship, so The bridge was used for 18 years and was known as the "New Bridge", but it was damaged and rebuilt in 1863 and replaced by a new wooden bridge, following the orders of King Abdul Aziz due to preparations for Napoleon III's visit to Istanbul. The bridge was completed in 1875 with a length of 480 meters and a width of 14 meters and its cost reached 105,000 lira gold and was used until 1912. In that year, the fourth bridge was built by a German company at a cost of 350.00 Lira gold. It was 466 meters long and 25 meters wide. In 1914, the first tramway was connected to the electricity and connecting the Karakoy and Eminounu districts. It remained in use until a fire broke out in 1992 and damaged it. Many, Numbers of people and everyone passing the bridge increased in the late 19th century and a police station was build up.
The last bridge has been built and is still for today by a Turkish contracting company, a 490-meter-long, 42-meter-long Bridge. The bridge has 3 lanes and a two-story private car park. It also has tram tracks. It is a distinctive and famous bridge like other famous bridges in Europe.
Tourism in the Galata Bridge Istanbul
The bridge was just a passageway between banks, but now it is not. It includes cafes, restaurants, shops, and others on the lower floor. At the top, you will find many fishermen and tourists taking pictures or watching the sunset or looking at the most beautiful views of Istanbul or Galata.
Galata Bridge has a profound symbolic significance in the lives of people and even legends have appeared on this bridge and are mentioned in many things, in plays, poetry, and others.
Due to the location of the distinctive bridge, you will find many properties in Istanbul nearby and there are 233 hotels near the bridge and many tourists visit this place that is located in an important place up between the most important areas.
Those who sit in cafés or restaurants of the bridge or even pass through it will see a lot of ships and ferries crossing the ocean and this gives a beautiful feeling, thus, you can see the mosque of Hagia Sophia from the bridge and the blue mosque from behind.
You'll see a lot of fishermen standing and fishing as a hobby or even a craft, which is known to the population there. You will find many different vendors there, such as grilled corn vendors and nuts sellers. Many fish vendors and restaurants offer many seafood dishes. They also offer shawarma, kebab and other traditional dishes the prices are medium and affordable but some are a little expensive.
The nearest train station to reach the bridge is the Sirkeci station or via the tram and getting off at the "Karakoy" station which is always open to tourists and residents and is a great tourist experience in Istanbul. Even the people of the area do not tire of passing through this bridge, even for entertainment. It is an unforgettable experience and many tourists are happy, some even bought apartments in Istanbul and still pass this bridge whenever they have the chance.
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