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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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  • August 19, 2017
    It is full of restaurants the part below the bridge on both sides. We ate at one of them and the fish that you show in a car was very good. It's not cheap.
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  • August 19, 2017
    When it comes to Istanbul within walking karaköye from the Eminonu don't go without. Watch all around galata bridge. You can see both views of the Golden Horn bridge welcomes you both in üsküdar. And the bridge on summer and winter fishing people. The bridge in one of the elements that complement the kabataş tramway and Horn in the direction of Delhi. I would recommend your work out you on the bridge.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Famous place to see fisherman at their best and novice like me trying their luck and immitating the skilled ones. At night, it has splendor view of the sea, yachts and small boats. The day I visited (...  more »

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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