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Galata Bridge, Istanbul

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While not much to look at, Galata Bridge represents a tiny microcosm of life in the city, linking Beyoglu and Eminonu districts. The current bridge was built in 1992, replacing several earlier versions which were no longer feasible. Both Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were at times enlisted to design the bridge to cross the Golden Horn. Da Vinci's design was not accepted by the Sultan, while Michelangelo rejected the invitation to work on the project. Experience the sights of mosques and the Galata Tower on the horizon as you walk the length of the bridge. Most days you'll find dozens of men casting their fishing lines into the water below and street vendors peddling Turkish snacks, souvenirs, and fishing bait. Below the bridge, discover restaurants and cafes serving up Turkish food and drinks. Make Galata Bridge a centerpiece of your Istanbul vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.
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  • Walk across, it's great! Nice view, possibility to go down and eat in many restaurants with a view. Nice to watch the fishermen all along the bridge! To make absolutely at vire tour of Istanbul
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  • Lovely restaurants along the way under the bridge to drink Turkish tea and eat fresh caught mackerel for lunch (Balik Elmek)on your way to the Dolmabahçe Palace! You see the fisherman catching your ne...  more »
  • Crossing the golden horn with two levels The top span carries tramway, road and pedestrian crossing It’s also a place where many rod fishermen and women use to hook fish from the sea At the lower leve...  more »
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  • We decided to walk across the bridge to the Galata Tower rather than using the tram and it was well worth it. The bridge has 2 levels with the lower level being full of cafes and restaurants. The upper deck with the trams and cars etc has a very wide footpath which it needs due to all the people fishing from both sides of the bridge - including some women. There are excellent views of the ferries plus the Istanbul skyline with its multitude of Mosques and Minarets and the Galata tower in Beyoglu
  • One of the main attraction of Istanbul. Very nice view. Above bridge you will find restaurants. You can get ferry boat.
  • Current Galata Bridge, connecting the Old City ( former Byzantium; historic peninsula) to the south with the New City to the north, was built in 1992. But for me the old bridge was better. BTW, parts of the peninsula was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
  • the modern Galata Bridge has several restaurants and coffee houses underneath where local people enjoy their meal watching the rush of the ferry boats and fishermen. All daily city tours in Istanbul include this bridge as it's the passageway to the Old City of Constantinople. And the old bridge is now located deeper in the Golden Horn, between Sutluce and Feshane Convention and Fair centers.
  • Great place to visit for dinner and a sea view. Although those restaurants are mostly for seafood and some meat. Not a good place for vegetarians unless you're OK with one or two options. That are mostly either salads or cheese.
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