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The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

on 11/05/2012

Bosphorus Bridge

Two bridges cross the mythical Strait of Bosphorus and connects Europe to Asia. Construction of the oldest, which bears simply the name of the Bosphorus Bridge, started in 1970 and his inauguration on 30 October 1973.

Starting from Ortakoy on the European side and arriving at Beylerbeyi on the Asian side, it measures 1071 meters long 39 meters wide and 105 meters high. No boats over 64 meters high can go under.

In 1940 already, a Nuri Demirag, Turkish wealthy industrialist and leading investor in the development of the rail network after the establishment of Turkish Republic, was developing a plan to build bridge over the Bosphorus.

But this study does not result, as other made several times, including one by Turkish engineers and U.S. companies. Indeed, for a long time, the idea of ​​creating a road crossing over the Strait is not welcome …

Since then the situation has changed and the construction of a third bridge was announced in the coming years to absorb the ever increasing traffic.

An average of 32,000 vehicles / day was recorded during the first year, rising to 130,000 in 1987 … then 180,000 in 2004 to continue to progress so far!

Following several suicides, the crossing is closed to pedestrians in 1978. Now it is only at the annual marathon in Istanbul Istanbul we can borrow it off. Many people are also participating in the race popular for this reason alone.

Since April 2007, the Bosphorus Bridge is decorated with a sophisticated night lighting. It changes color and permanently, is tinkling of blue, red, green.

Day or night, it offers to view an image of all that thrills both Istanbul citizens that the millions of tourists who flock every year to discover the city-world.

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