Bosphorus, The Delta Where The East Meets The West

September last year was one of transitions of my life journey. That was the time when I decided to leave my home country, again, head to Turkey to pursue my further education that I dreamed since couple of years ago. Not long after my arrival, season transition came to Istanbul. The autumn, the best season of the year, had arrived to replace the sunny summer, that brought the cold winter in the next couple of weeks.

Due to abundant activities that I must do at the first weeks and adaptation to the new life, I had few chances to shoot different places I’s never been during this transition. However, I managed to do an afternoon cruise in Bosphoros strait in one sunny autumn day, to memorize the beauty given by the season that I had never experienced back home.

Bosphorus, known as Bogazici in Turkish, meaning “inner strait”, was the river in the valley in Tertiary period, which at the end of period was drowned by the sea. It’s not an ordinary strait. With its 32 kilometers length, it connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and made Istanbul as the only city in the world located in two continents, Europe and Asia.

Bosphorus is also known as the busiest waterway in the world, with approximately almost 50 thousands ships pass through the strait every year. There are three suspension bridges connecting the continents through this strait. The first one is Bosphorus bridge, located in Ortakoy area,  built in 1973, but the name was chanced into “Martyrs of July 15th” to memorize the victims of coup on 15th July 2016. The second one is Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge that was opened in 1998, between Anadolu Hisari and Rumeli Hisari (the famous fortress used by Sultan when he conquered Istanbul. The last one is Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge that was opened on last August 2016. Only vehicles to pass these suspension bridges. With its ends to Sea of Marmara and Black Sea, I could call Bosphorus itself as the Delta of these two seas.

I took a ferry ride from Eminonu, one of ferry station in Istanbul, to have an experience of sailing through the strait. Our boat started from Eminonu and sailed forward, passed many landmarks in European sides. We passed Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Besiktas, Ortakoy where beautiful mosque stand beautifully with Bosphorus Bridge as its background. Moving forward, we passed Bebek, the neighborhood where the upper class live, Rumeli Hisari and reach the second Bridge. Afterwards, our boat turned back to Eminonu but this time we got closer to Asian part, entertained us with fancy houses along the straits, some summer palaces and at the end, the famous Maiden’s Tower.

Dolmabahce Mosque

Dolmabahce Tower that is located in the same location with Dolmabahce Palace

European part of Istanbul, seen from Bosphorus

European part of Istanbul, seen from Bosphorus

European part of Istanbul, seen from Bosphorus

Ciragan Palace

Ortakoy Mosque with phenomenal Bosphorus Bridge

European part of Istanbul, seen from Bosphorus

Bebek, with Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge

Rumeli Hisari, European Fortress

The season made scenery looks different and more phenomenal than usual, decorated with colorful dried leaves along the way. The cruise started in the afternoon and ended when the sun started to come, spoiled us with magnificent different  colors of sun reflection.

Beautiful house at Asian part of Istanbul, seen from Bosphorus

Asian part of Istanbul, seen from Bosphorus

Anadolu Hisari, the Asian fortress

Fancy houses along the strait at Asian part

Asian part of Istanbul, seen from Bosphorus

Asian part of Istanbul, seen from Bosphorus

Beylerbeyi palace, another summer palace in Istanbul

Asian part of Istanbul, seen from Bosphorus

Asian part of Istanbul, seen from Bosphorus

Maiden’s Tower during sunset

Sunset in Istanbul, when the day ended

Bosphorus, the autumn and sunset in the same time. Could I get other places that could describe more  my Delta than these?

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