Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey (with Map & Photos)

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, located on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul (Turkey) and initially called the Third Bosphorus Bridge, was inaugurated on August 26. It is the widest suspension bridge in the world, at 59 meters, and is 1.4 km long. In addition, it is the second highest in the world, with 322 meters.

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge Turkey Istanbul
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge Turkey Istanbul

How the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was created


Turkey's largest bridge, which connects Europe and Asia, was opened on August 26, 2016. Despite the fact that the building is considered quite "young", it was named after the ninth sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Yavuz Sultan Selim the Terrible, who ruled back in the 16th century. The construction lasted 3 years, and the bridge cost the state $ 3 billion. The structure, which instantly became a landmark, is included in the section of the Northern Marmara ring road, which is 257 kilometers long. Also, the bridge connects the settlement of Poyrazkoy on the Asian side and Garipche on the European side. The main purpose and purpose of the third suspension Bosphorus bridge was to unload Turkish roads.

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge Turkey Istanbul
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge Turkey Istanbul

It was assumed that all freight transport will move along it. The structure also has 2 railway lanes, along which trains, including passenger ones, move. If you want to walk with your family in such a picturesque place, there is also such an opportunity. You will have many walking paths at your disposal, walking along which you can enjoy the beauty of the water surface.

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge Turkey Istanbul
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge Turkey Istanbul

Design features


The total length of the structure is 2,164 meters and a width of 59 meters, making it the widest suspension bridge in the world. The building is located 60 meters above the water, but its pylons are 318 and 322 meters high. A unique feature of the bridge is considered to be its combined structure. One part of the attraction is supported by cables, and the other - by cables and cables, which can be seen reaching the middle of the highway. The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge project was created by T-Engineering and designer Michel Virlogeux, also known as the "master of the French bridge".

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge Map