Explore Galata Bridge


Added by Andreas Brokalakis

Be at the crossroad of East and West

The Galata Bridge (or according to others the old Istanbul at Eminonu neighborhood, site of the imperial palace and principal religious institutions of the Ottoman Empire, and the districts of Galata, Beyoglu, Sisli and Harbiye where a large proportion of the inhabitants were non-Muslims and where foreign merchants and diplomats lived and worked.

When crossing the bridge, looking to the west is Europe and looking on the east towards Bosphorus lies Asia.

As such the bridge seems like a link between distinctive cultures. While the bridge in itself cannot be characterized an architectural marvel, its place makes it unique and the two quite different views from two edges are two different worlds.

Going at the upper level (street level), you can enjoy a clear view to the sea and the monuments (e.g. the New Mosque and the Egyptian spice market). At the lower level there are several restaurants and coffee shops where local people enjoy their meal watching the rush of the ferry boats and fishermen.

If you are into photography, this is one of the most interesting spots to be in Istanbul.

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