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Galata Koprusu, Istanbul

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While not much to look at, Galata Koprusu 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 Koprusu a centerpiece of your Istanbul vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.
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  • The English name for this is Galata Bridge. It crosses the Golden Horn, with Karakoy at the northern end (in Beyoglu) and Eminonu at the southern end (in Sultanahmet). Even if you have only a...  more »
  • A must see if you are first time in Istanbul. It’s better to take a long walk towards Sultanahmet via that bridge while enjoying the view of the famous Sultanahmet mosques!  more »
  • Looking back on our trip to Istanbul, we valued our time near the water. Galata bridge was closed temporarily to traffic. Instead, we strolled beneath (after a scenic boat ride) and ate freshly...  more »
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