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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Skywatch over Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul

The Bosphorus Bridge, also called the First Bosphorus Bridge is one of the two bridges in Istanbul. The construction of the bridge took 3 years and the cost was 22 million US Dollars. Completed in 1973, the Bosphorus Bridge was the first linking the European side with Asia.

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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. Now it is only possible if you participate in Eurasia Marathon.


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On the European side, the views over the city from the ferry is just beyond words. The sights are just gorgeous, you get to see so much. The clear blue water and the beautiful sky with some cool breeze add a romantic touch to my trip.


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It was amazing to see this bridge connecting the 2 continents up close. For as tiny as the Bosphorus looks on a map, I was stunned to see just how extremely long this bridge really was.



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Passing through the straits on the Asian side, you can see an enticing mix of ancient wooden houses and modern residential .

34 comments:

  1. Very nice photos of a place I loved! A cruise on Bosphorus is a parade of architectural styles and a lot of nice moments smelling the sea and hearing the seagulls:)

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  2. Istanbul is nice.
    It is a node between Europe and Asia.
    The contrast of houses, people and the other things create new culture.

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  3. Thanks for the shots-- brings back memories of our vacation in Turkey. Istanbul -[not Constantinople]- is quite a city!! How fortunate for you to have made it there.

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  4. a beautiful day to sky watch and sightsee.

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  5. Very nice photos of Istambul!!!
    Many greetings

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  6. Oh my... I know I would not dare to walk that bridge... it looks beautiful but still so scary for me! ;)

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  7. I can't imagine committing suicide jumping over a bridge...shivering at the thought now!

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my sites sweetie, have a great weekend with your kids and hubby! :)

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  9. Beautiful sky over two continents. :)

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  10. Fantastic photos of the Bosphorus Bridge which is a important trade link between Europe and Asia and well worth the money spent on it's construction :-).

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  11. What a beautiful view. I hadn't realized the bridge was only built in 1973 - I wonder what took them so long!

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  12. Wow that is very beautiful. Looks like the Golden gate in San Francisco too. Great shot!

    SWF

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  13. Gorgeous bridge, reminds me of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco and apparently they've both been used frequently by those committing suicide and that is so sad! Your captures are awesome! Have a beautiful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  14. Wonderful shots. That is a great looking bridge.

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  15. Thanks for sharing this beautiful bridge and its gorgeous setting with us.

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  16. I remember seeing this bridge when I stayed in Istanbul. Love the perspective in the third image.

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  17. Great pictures. I really like the coulor of the sea.

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  18. Great photos and always interesting to hear the history of different locations

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  19. Beautiful view and scenery! Great shots for your skywatch. Happy skywatching!

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  20. The view is breathtaking. Oh, how I wish I could fly there now for a holiday!

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  21. Thanks for these beautiful photos! I once visited Istanbul and saw this gorgeous bridge. Looking forward to more photos about the city!

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  22. The sky is like an oil painting - beautiful. And the sceneries from that long stretch of the bridge are fascinating. :)

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  23. East meets West here! It's amazing only two bridge beams have supported such a long bridge.
    Also gorgeous scenery!

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  24. One day I will travel to here. Your photos reminded me to put Istanbul on the list.

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  25. I definitely want to visit Turkey again! And definitely want to visit Istanbul this time (we were further south last time in Bodrum). Who knows, my plans next summer might have opened up now as my inlaws might be visiting in December instead.

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  26. beautiful bridge! lovely waters too!

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  27. How interesting, I never knew about this bridge that links the 2 continents. Is there immigration at each end?

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