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Galata Koprusu, Istanbul

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Bridge · Tourist Spot
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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  • Just a short walk from the ferry, this bridge is a nice introduction to the fishing economy of Istanbul. Lots of fishers are on both sides of the bridge, underneath are restaurants and some shops.....  more »
  • The Galata bridge is the first bridge to span the Golden Horn, connecting the southern and northern part of the European side - Eminonu and Karakoy. The bridge is very busy with traffic. You can walk....  more »
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