Bosphorus Bridge

One of the three suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Bosphorus Bridge alongside Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge connects Europe and Asia

Istanbul, Turkey

Coordinates: 41.045247, 29.034444

Known officially as the 15 July Martyrs Bridge and unofficially as the First Bridge (Turkish: Birinci Köprü), It is a gravity-anchored suspension bridge with steel towers and inclined hangers.

Upon its completion in 1973, the Bosphorus Bridge had the fourth-longest suspension bridge span in the world, and the longest outside the United States (only the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and Mackinac Bridge had a longer span in 1973).

The Bosphorus Bridge remained the longest suspension bridge in Europe until the completion of the Humber Bridge in 1981, and the longest suspension bridge in Asia until the completion of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (Second Bosphorus Bridge) in 1988 (which was surpassed by the Minami Bisan-Seto Bridge in 1989). Currently, the Bosphorus Bridge has the 33rd-longest suspension bridge span in the world.

After a group of soldiers took control and partially closed off the bridge during the military coup d’état attempt on 15 July 2016, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announced on 25 July 2016 the decision of the Cabinet of Turkey that the bridge will be formally renamed as the 15 Temmuz Şehitler Köprüsü in memory of those killed while resisting the attempted coup.

Know This

You can sail beneath it on many touristic sightseeing boat tours, If not self driving, take a taxi to the new built Camlica Mosque which is near the bridge on the Asian side.

Always lots of traffic between both side.

At night the bridge gets its colorful lights so find a cafe or restaurant with a view of it and enjoy the scenery.