History Landscape

Galata Bridge in Eminönü neighborhood, Istanbul, Turkey

Galata Bridge in Eminönü

The Galata Bridge crosses the Golden Horn portion of the straight of Bosphorus that connects the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea. This location has been historically important for centuries. The Byzantine Empire had their Naval headquarters here to protect the City of Constantinople. Eminönü encompassed a number of other neighborhoods in what is now Istanbul. The name translated into English means “in front of justice,” and likely reflects the time when the Ottoman Empire had their courts and custom houses here.

Most interesting is that the area has a population of 30,000 people. During the day that swells to over two million, many who are here to work and shop in this center of commerce and transportation.

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