Turkey has such a spot where the 3 continents of the world, Europe, Asia and Africa are very close to each other. Due to its geographical position it is a natural bridge between Asia and Europe. Istanbul, the most popular city of Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents. Asia meets Europe in this fascinating city.
Most of the business in Istanbul are located in European side, whereas Asian Istanbul is more residential. This is why everyday millions of people travel from one side to the other to go to work and come home. There are several ways to travel between Asian and European Istanbul like metro, boats, ferries but driving is still one of the common way. So bridges over Bosphorus connecting Asia and Europe play important role in daily life of Istanbul.
The first bridge over Bosphorus to connect Asian and European Istanbul was built in three years. The grand opening was on 29th October, 1973 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Turkish Republic. When it was built, it was the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world, but in 2012 it was 21st.
By the time the population of Istanbul increased so did the number of vehicles, so the there was a need of second bridge over Bosphorus. The construction of the second bridge started in 1985 and in 1988 it was opened. It is still 14th biggest steel suspension bridge of the world and it is a part of Trans European Motorway.
The recent bridge of Istanbul over the Bosphorus is the third bridge.The start was in 2013 and finish was in 2016. It is the widest of the world, the longest among the ones with a railway on , and 9th longest suspension bridge in the world.
All bridegs are only for vehicles and closed for pedesrians. Only during Istanbul Marathon it is possible to walk/run over first Bosphorus Bridge.
Roof restaurant of Pierre Loti hotel has a fantastic view of first bridge. If you want to see one of the bridges from Sultanahmet area and have a nice meal then book your table when you arrive so do not miss this fascinating view and opportunity once you are in Istanbul.