Traditionally called Boğaziçi more recently it’s been called the İstanbul Boğazı, Istanbul Strait, maybe to differentiate it from the Hellespont (Dardanelles), called the Çanakkale Boğazı.
The width of the Strait varies from 1640 feet (500 meters) to 3 km (2 miles), its depth from 164 to 394 feet (50 to 120 meters), averaging about 197 feet (60 meters) deep.
It is crossed by 3 suspended bridges and a rail tunnel: the southernmost Boğaziçi Köprüsü (Bosphorus Bridge), the central Fatih Sultan Mehmet Köprüsü (Mehmet the Conqueror Bridge) by the Marmaray Railroad Tunnel, and by the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge at the Bosphorus’s northern-end confluence with the Black Sea.
Bosphorus Tour İstanbul
The best way to see the İstanbul Bosphorus in all its beauty is to take a boat trip. That is the strategic waterway linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, and dividing İstanbul into 2 continents. As the vessel zigzags between Europe and Asia, you can admire the old Ottoman wooden houses (Yalı), six Ottoman palaces, three suspended bridges, and two medieval castles.
What makes İstanbul an unmatched city of the planet is the Bosphorus Strait indeed. Bosphorus is a waterway linking the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea, on the other hand, diving İstanbul into 2 parts as Europe and Asia. Taking a boat tour on the water and view numerous palaces, monuments, seafront villas and much more is a must, for those who love to take a boat tour on the Strait.
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İstanbul Bosphorus is one of the world’s busiest commercial shipping channels, with some about 150 cargo vessels making the 90 – minutes passage every day (at 7 or 8 knots), carefully navigating the 7 precise turns necessary to follow the Bosphorus’s narrow channels and avoid its treacherous currents.
Even though by law there are 2 highly versed local pilots aboard every ship during the passage, and giant radar towers monitoring all maritime movements in the Bosphorus, accidents occasionally happen.
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