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The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge over the Bosphorus

on 10/05/2013

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge

       The Bosphorus Strait which separates the European side from the Asian side of Istanbul is spanned by two bridges, one called the Bosphorus and the second, the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.

The latter is at the narrowest part of the Bosphorus,on Europe side close to the beautiful fortress of Rumeli Hisarı and on Asia side near Kavacik. Opened to the public 15 years after the Bosphorus Bridge, with the official commissioning of 3 July 1988. With a length of 1510 m, more than 39 m wide and peaking at 64 m height, it is the sixth the longest suspension bridge in the world.
It bears the name of Sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror, who took Constantinople May 29, 1453, and put an end to the Byzantine Empire.
Like its neighbor, it is forbidden to cross on foot for over 10 years because of the high number of attempted suicides that took place. $ 130 million was needed to achieve this impressive book signed by an international consortium of three companies, respectively, Turkish, Italian and Japanese.
The highway connecting the city of Edirne to Ankara, the Turkish capital, through the bridge gives the opportunity to have a wide view over the Straits and on the other bridge.
Most ships offer tourists a ride on the Bosphorus turn around at the height of Sultan Mehmet Bridge, which particularly admire on way many yalı, these beautiful wood properties built on both sides of the banks.
Several palaces are also visible, some well known, others less so than right next to the bridge on the European side, built in the nineteenth century by the French architect Alexandre Vallaury and for some Zeki Pasha.
On the same side, another building beautiful brick color does not go unnoticed with its sharp turn, it is the kiosk Perili dating from the early twentieth century and which houses the last few years the Borusan Contemporary Museum.

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