15 July Martyrs Bridge / Bosphorus Bridge

The Bosphorus Bridge is the oldest of the three suspension bridges spanning the famous strait, connecting the two continents of Europe and Asia.

After the failed coup attempt in July 2016, the bridge was officially renamed as “15 July Martyrs Bridge”, but most Istanbulites still simply call it “Boğaz Köprüsü”, the Bosphorus Bridge.

The bridge, spanning 1510 meters over the Bosphorus, connects the districts Beşiktaş and Üsküdar. It had to be built because the shipping traffic between the two districts was no longer sufficient to carry the enormous crowds.

Construction of the bridge designed by British civil engineer Gilbert Roberts began in 1970. The inauguration of the bridge took place on October 29, 1973, the 50th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.

Since 1979, the Bosphorus Bridge has been part of the route of the traditional Istanbul Marathon, the only marathon in the world which spans two continents. The race starts in Üsküdar on the Asian side of Istanbul and ends on the European side after passing the city’s main attractions.

The bridge is open to pedestrians only on the day of the marathon and only for the runners.
Once designed as a pedestrian bridge with stunning views of Istanbul, it was closed to pedestrians due to a high number of people committing suicide. Thus, a unique view point was lost. Imagine that you are standing 64 meters high in the middle of the Bosphorus and enjoy the view of Istanbul and the two continents of Europe and Asia at the same time. Simply breathtaking and vertiginous!

The 41st Intercontinental Istanbul Marathon will take place on 3 November 2019.

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