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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. To visit Galata Bridge and other attractions in Istanbul, use our Istanbul vacation route planner.
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  • Galata bridge-a very interesting place. We counted 144 fisherman only on one side! The fish is immediately flushed down "under the bridge" on the second level, where fish Bistro immediately prepare and serve. :)
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  • Spend a time below and once on them to take advantage of the two atmospheres and views... Downstairs: a string of restaurants for tourists in search of Turista ;-); Attempts to harponnnnages by touts who see tourists prefer the restaurants in the neighborhoods of Sirkeci or Galata quite rightly! In high, pretty views of the ballet of tourists ships or goods (are these the same?) who twirl according to arrivals and departures...
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  • It is worth crossing it, to see fishermen, sunset or sunrise and feel the city. Also well worth crossing it by boat.
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