The Golden Horn
The Golden Horn, Haliç in Turkish, is the world’s greatest natural harbor and the primary inlet flowing Southwest into the Bosphorus.
The prominent body of water is shaped like a horn, but according to legend, the Byzantines threw so many valuables into it during the Ottoman Conquest that the waters glistened with gold. Other historians believe that it simply references the rich yellow light as the sun sets over the city.
For hundreds of years the city’s trade was conducted by ships off-loading their goods into warehouses lining the Golden Horn.
From the bridge, Süleymaniye Mosque can easily be seen on top of the hill.
As I mentioned in Eating Fish Next to Galata Bridge, the bridge is lined with hundreds of fisherman, and the street below is filled with fish markets and restaurants.
Did you know?
This bridge could’ve been designed by Leonardo da Vinci. In 1502 Leonardo da Vinci was asked to design the inaugural bridge at this location over the Golden Horn, which would have become the longest bridge in the world at that time, unfortunately his design was not approved or built.