Photographer's Note

Galata Bridge is the heart of Istanbul, spanning the Golden Horn from Karaköy on the north to Old Istanbul, centered on Sultanahmet, on the south.

Crossing the bridge you look west toward Europe and east across the Bosphorus to Üsküdar and Asia.

Right at the northern end is Karaköy (Galata), a Genoese colony during Byzantine times.

Passenger ferryboats leave from Karaköy for Haydarpasa Station (terminus for Asian/Anatolian trains) and the bedroom suburb of Kadiköy.

At the southern end is Eminönü, with the Egyptian (Spice) Market, the Yeni Cami (New Mosque), and Sirkeci station (terminus for trains from Europe).

Ferries depart the Eminönü docks for Üsküdar, the Bosphorus, and the Princes Islands. Car ferries cross the Bosphorus to Harem, between Üsküdar and Haydarpasa.

The present Galata Bridge, built in 1992, replaced a much-loved pontoon bridge dating from 1912 that gently swayed and rolled as the seas moved beneath it.

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