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The Bosphorus

The Bosphorus is a strait between the European and the Asian sides of Istanbul and the link between the Marmara Sea at the south and the black sea Black Sea in the north. It is about 31 km long, the narrowest point is 700 m between the fortresses of Rumeli and Anadolu.

There are two suspension toll bridges over the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus or Bogazici Bridge that links Beylerbeyi and Ortaköy is 1074m long. The second between Anadolu Hisari and Rumeli Hisari was opened in 1988, is called as Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and is 1090m long.

Along the strait there are many attractions including palaces, ruins, villages, and gardens becoming the Bosphorus in one of the most beautiful scenery in Turkey. Some of the interesting palaces, buildings and neighborhoods are: Galata tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Yildiz Palace, Besiktas, Ortaköy, Arnavutköy, Bebek, Rumeli Fortress, Tarabya, Yeniköy, Istinye, Sariyer, Uskudar (Scutari), Kanlica, Beykoz, Anatolian Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace and Kuleli Military High school.

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