May 31, 2023

The Galata Bridge in the center of Istanbul is witnessing a large and permanent presence of Turkish visitors and tourists every day.

It is possible for those standing at the top of the bridge to watch the active movement of ships that transport passengers between the Asian and European sides of the city, and to enjoy the panoramic view of the many tourist places around it.

Thousands cross daily the bridge connecting the two banks of the “Golden Horn” bay, not only to cross, but most of them enjoy the upper view, which allows taking souvenir photos from multiple angles.

Through it, the passer-by can see the “Bosphorus” bridge, “Hagia Sophia”, the “Galata” tower, and the “Fateh”, “Sulaymaniyah” and “Al-Jadid” mosques, as well as the “Uskudar” area and the “Al-Fatah” tower located on the Asian side of the city.

The bridge experienced major changes that occurred in Istanbul during the twentieth century.

The beginning of its construction was in 1845, when it was built to connect the areas of “Eminonu” and “Karakoy” with a wooden bridge, until the pedestrians increased on it, and it was built again at the beginning of the twentieth century.

The distinctive view of the bridge over the historical places made it one of the most important symbols of Istanbul.

Since its inception, the historic bridge has had its own status, known to everyone who lived in the city or once crossed over it.

The bridge witnessed the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the first years of the Turkish Republic on April 14, 1912.

The first floor contains a chain of fish restaurants, as these restaurants are known for serving most seafood to their customers in a unique and unforgettable way.

As for the second floor, it allows visitors to enjoy a charming view of the sea, by going up to it and watching the ships roaming the Bosphorus waters.

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