Bosphorus Bridge

On this day in 1973, the Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey was completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus for the second time.

The Bosphorus Bridge, known officially as the 15 July Martyrs Bridge and unofficially as the First Bridge, the bridge is one of the three suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait .

It is a gravity-anchored suspension bridge with steel towers and inclined hangers.

The aerodynamic deck hangs on zigzag steel cables.

Upon its completion in 1973, the Bosphorus Bridge had the fourth-longest suspension bridge span in the world, and the longest outside the United States, only the Verrazano-Narrows BridgeGolden Gate Bridge and Mackinac Bridge had a longer span in 1973.

The Bosphorus Bridge remained the longest suspension bridge in Europe until the completion of the Humber Bridge in 1981, and the longest suspension bridge in Asia until the completion of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in 1988 which itself was surpassed by the Minami Bisan-Seto Bridge in 1989.

Currently, the Bosphorus Bridge has the 25th-longest suspension bridge span in the world.

After a group of soldiers took control and partially closed off the bridge during the military coup d’état attempt on 15 July 2016, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announced on 25 July 2016 the decision of the Cabinet of Turkey that the bridge will be formally renamed July 15th Martyrs Bridge in memory of those killed while resisting the attempted coup.

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