Galata Bridge

Looking at the history of Istanbul, apart from the Galata Bridge, there are many bridges built to connect the two sides of the Golden Horn. The first bridge between Eyüp and Sütlüce, built in the 6th century and built with 12 arches, is the Golden Horn Bridge.

As Kingsman Estates Turkey, we are delighted to bring this blog post to one of the iconic locations of Istanbul as we regularly get asked about our clients who have purchased a property in Istanbul and property in Antalya. Therefore we have decided to write this post both for our property clients as well as millions of tourists who visit Turkey every year so they can make the most out of their trip to our lovely country!

Information About Galata Bridge

During the conquest of Istanbul, a bridge was built to the Golden Horn by Fatih Sultan Mehmet. Giant barrels and irons were used for this bridge built between Ayvansaray and Kasımpaşa. This bridge was built for the transportation of soldiers right after Istanbul was captured.

In the 1500s, the first attempt for the Golden Horn, where a permanent bridge was designed for the first time, was during the II. It was carried out by Beyazıt. Beyazıt, who requested a bridge design from Leonardo da Vinci, did not approve the design for the Golden Horn. This single-span, 240 meters long and 24 meters wide bridge would have been the longest bridge in the world if it had been built. Then, another Italian artist, Michelangelo, was invited to Istanbul to design the bridge. However, the artist turned down this invitation. Thus, the idea of ​​building a bridge for the Golden Horn was postponed until the 19th century.

In the 19th century, Sultan II. During the reign of Mahmut II, a very long bridge was built between Azapkapı and Unkapanı. This bridge, which was opened on September 3, 1836, was known by the names “Hayratiye”, “Cisr-i Atik” and “Old Bridge”. This bridge, which is approximately 500 – 540 meters long, was built with the help of pontoons. Hayratiye Bridge was demolished in 1912. The bridge designed by Leonardo da Vinci was brought to life exactly 350 years later as the first modern Galata Bridge. The bridge, which was built in 1845 during the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid, was built in the name of Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan, the mother of the Sultan.

The bridge, which was used for 18 years, was named “Cisr-i Cedid”, “Valide Bridge”, “New Bridge”, “Great Bridge”, “New Mosque Bridge”, “Pigeon Bridge”. The first person to cross the bridge was Sultan Abdülmecid. Although the bridge toll was not applied for the first three days, the bridge toll was collected by the Ministry of Maritime on October 25, 1845. The bridge, which is free for the military and law enforcement personnel, as well as fire extinguishers and priests on duty; was 5 coins for pedestrians. Bridge fees were applied as 10 money for people with a load on their back, 20 money for animals with a loaded back, and 100 money for horse-drawn carriages.

Another bridge, built by the German firm MAN AG in 1912 for 350,000 gold liras, was 466 meters long and 25 meters wide. However, the bridge, which became unusable in the fire on May 16, 1992, was placed between Balat and Hasköy after it was repaired. In place of the burned bridge, a modern and new bridge known as the “Galata Bridge” was built. The name “Historical Galata Bridge” characterizes this bridge.

The Fifth Galata Bridge, which is used today, was built by STFA company, a little north of the previous bridge. Completed in December 1994, this bridge was connecting Eminönü and Karaköy. The Fifth Galata Bridge is a scale bridge with a length of 490 meters and 80 meters of which can be opened. The bridge, which is 42 meters wide and has 3-lane designed roads in all directions, also has a pedestrian road.

However, after the tram line was extended to Kabataş, the two lanes in the middle of the bridge were turned into a tramway. Galata Bridge is one of the widest bridges in the world, considering the scale-type bridges over which trams pass. However, the bridge, which has some problems such as the tram line not fully touching each other as a result of the opening and closing of the bascule bridge, has been placed in the desired system over time.

Galata Bridge has become one of the most favourite and popular symbols of Istanbul rather than architectural beauty. It is also a poetic image. It is an element that draws attention in terms of its structure and location, which is the subject of many of our valuable poems. The number of visitors is quite high due to the fact that it is also the centre of attention of tourists. It is among the distinguished architectural values ​​of Istanbul that must be seen and wondered.

Many restaurants can be found as dining places on the Alata Bridge. The pleasure of eating right in the middle of the sea rather than accompanied by the sea view draws attention. Hundreds of people, mostly tourists, can eat there every day. In addition, spending time with this view, especially on the side facing Topkapı Palace, and consuming food at the same time gives people a different peace and pleasure. While there are alcoholic places, there are non-alcoholic places.

There are places with different ambiences depending on the customer’s preference. New Mosque on one side, ferries on the other side, Beyazıt Tower on the other side and Galata Tower on the other side, people find themselves in a unique view. Especially in the evenings, people find themselves in a unique view and live music of many places. adds beauty. During the day, you can taste the freshest fish with pleasure in many fish restaurants under the bridge.

Walking on the bridge gives you another pleasure, remembering the history, you feel as if you are sighing inside and suddenly you see yourself being thrown towards the street.

There are many different price plans in Many Venues, so we can say to you; Average per person: You have to sacrifice 50 TL.

Fishing on the Galata Bridge

One of the few good answers to the question of where to fish in Istanbul is undoubtedly the Galata Bridge. Thanks to the unique fishing opportunity of the Bosphorus, Istanbul is one of our important cities in terms of fishing, while the Galata Bridge is one of the best places to fish due to its location. Fishing has some functions, and in line with these functions, the course and pleasure of fishing on the Galata Bridge is completely different. Galata Bridge is a place that combines the pleasure of fishing with the beauty of watching Istanbul. Perhaps there is no other place in the world where you can fish with a more beautiful view than here. Although what you will do may seem complicated, it is actually simple and easy.

Galata Bridge Fishing Process

First, let’s talk about the preparation phase. You will not need bait to catch standard horse mackerel on the Galata Bridge. What you need is a medium quality fishing line, called a hook, consisting of 8 hooks regularly attached to the line, a fishing line with feathers at the end of the hooks, a small lead that will make it easier for you to swing the fishing line, an empty bucket and preferably a compartmentalized bag in which you can carry your materials. Also, don’t forget to have a multifunctional pocket knife with you. If this pocket knife doesn’t have scissors in it, you may also need scissors. You can find all of these materials in the hardware market in Karaköy. When you go during the opening hours, you will be ready to fish with the shopping of 100-120 TL at most.

First of all, you should determine the time to fish well. The recommendation is to be on the Galata Bridge 10-15 minutes before the morning prayer. As you complete the preparations and put your fishing line into the sea, the beauty of the Morning Prayer, echoing in the skies of Istanbul, will awaken the fish and make them ecstatic. Galata Bridge is not empty at those hours, but it is not crowded at noon. So, since you are a beginner, choose a quiet corner for yourself. If there are fishermen on your right and left, it will be inevitable for the fishing rods to get confused.

Do not be afraid that my fishing rod will interfere with other fishing rods. The majority of people fishing on the Galata Bridge will understand this confusion and help you, as fishing goes through patience training. Remember, you will tie the anchor to the end of your fishing line and attach the lead to the end. Hanging a little from the railings of the bridge, you will swing your fishing line once or twice and let it go as far as possible into the waters of the strait. Do not lock your reel until the tension of your fishing line has passed.

After the tension of the line is reduced, lock the spool and wait for a while. Then, trying not to wake a baby, pretend you are stroking and start spinning the reel at that speed. If you are lucky, the hairs at the end of the hooks will shine when you first release the fishing line, the horse mackerel will approach the fishing line, come together for breakfast and attack your fishing line. And the exciting waiting at the beginning of the article will be over, your line will be drawn to the depths of the sea, and you will have started to wind the reel. In this way, you will enjoy the fact that fishing took place especially on Galata.

Where is Galata Bridge and How to get there?

The address is as follows: Galata Bridge, Eminönü / Karaköy / Istanbul

As an answer to the question of how to get there, although there are numerous transportation options, you can get off by bus, tram, ferry and getting off at the Eminönü stop. If you go by the Eminönü coastal road by car, there are many car parks before you come to the bridge or after you cross the bridge. Having alternatives for parking spaces prevents time loss. Although it is easily accessible, it is one of the rare structures that must be visited and spent time.

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