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A walk along the Istanbul Bosphorus, between Asia and Europe

The Bosphorus Strait is the narrow sea passage that connects the Sea of ​​Marmara with the Black Sea.. A coveted geographical feature that unites or separates, depending on how you look at it, Asia and Europe. For this reason, it is one of the treasures protected by the great metropolis of Istanbul, which is located to the south of the strait. And it is even divided in two by its waters, which is why it is a city on two continents.

The Bosphorus and Istanbul

Bosphorus Strait by Mikhail Starodubov

Istanbul is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Anyone wants to know its mosques, its bazaars, its palaces, as well as all the history that treasures a city that was once called Constantinople or Byzantium.

That is why, any day of the year, thousands and thousands of tourists come to the Turkish city, and Among the many activities that await them there, is to take a cruise on the Bosphorus.

The Bosphorus boats

Cruise ships departing from Istanbul to navigate the Bosphorus depart from Eimonönü Pier. And getting the tickets can be done right there, at the offices of the different companies. Even in your hotel you can get them without too many complications, although perhaps with a small commission.

So once you have obtained the ticket, all that remains is to get up early and leave early in the morning to cross this strait. A place that will offer us truly impressive views.

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Istanbul–Seqoya

The first of these views is that of Istanbul, since As the ship moves forward, you begin to have a different perspective of this magical city.. And from the water its most emblematic monuments such as the Topkapi Palace, the Galata Tower or the Basilica of Santa Sofía take on a different dimension than the one seen from land.

It will be impossible for you not to take endless photos. And if the morning is still a little foggy, don’t get overwhelmed and wait until the afternoon to take those snapshots.

The Ataturk Bridge

Atatürk–Boule Bridge

When you travel to Turkey you see endless images of its most famous ruler since the time of Suleiman the Magnificent. We are talking about President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who is considered the father of modern Turkey. That is why it is not surprising that the greatest work in the country bears his name.

We are talking about the Atatürk Bridge, which we will cross under during our Bosphorus cruise. A bridge of colossal dimensions and that overwhelms you look from where you look. Whether from its asphalt, from the sea or from its shores, one in Europe and another in Asia.

 

“We must consider humanity as a single body and each nation as an organ of it.”

-Mustafa Kemal Atatürk-

The Rumeli Fortress

Rumeli Fortress – Jorge Franganillo / Flickr.com

When it seems that we are already losing sight of Istanbul, the Bosphorus shows us the Rumeli fortress. A large defensive work that was conceived to protect and monitor maritime traffic in the fifteenth century. A castle worth seeing and whose power is the prelude to what awaits us from now on.

But there are many places that we discover during navigation. Just before the Rumeli castle, the Anatolian fortress is visible. And a little earlier, the elegance of the Kukucsu Pavilion can be distinguished. Then, for example, there is the splendor of the Emirgan Korosu Park or the Sait Halim Pasa Yalisi Palace.

Rumeli Kawagi

Rumeli Kavagi – tatianaput / Shutterstock.com

Several stops are made along the Bosphorus cruise route. Although travelers usually get off the ship in one of the last two. The first one is at Rumeli Kavagi on the European shore.

Here Imros castle stands on a hill. An ideal location to monitor the entire area, and the nearby mouth of the Black Sea.

Anadolu Kawagi

And we are already at the end of the journey through the Bosphorus, since the last stop is in the town of Anadolu Kavagi, on the other shore, the Asian one. There was also a fortress watchingin this case Yoroz.

Until there it is obligatory to ascend during this tripsince the views of this corner of the world where seas and cultures converge is impressive and most evocative.

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