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1.       AlphaF
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 24 Oct 2012 Wed 11:24 pm

A bridge designed for İstanbul, by Leonardo Da Vinci, will become reality in near future says the Turkish Priminister.

Better late, then never.....Well done Mr.Erdoğan !





2.       Abla
3647 posts
 24 Oct 2012 Wed 11:40 pm

Which place exactly? I couldn´t understand from the article.

3.       Abla
3647 posts
 25 Oct 2012 Thu 02:01 am

They built it already in a smaller scale close to Oslo, Norway:



4.       ikicihan
1127 posts
 25 Oct 2012 Thu 02:09 am


Quoting Abla

Which place exactly? I couldn´t understand from the article.


i couldnt understand, too.
but i found out in other websites that it will be build on golden horn (haliç.


5.       Abla
3647 posts
 25 Oct 2012 Thu 12:06 pm

Even though Ottomans built pompous buildings in Istanbul it seems that they were not so much to bridges. The first reported bridge over the Golden Horn was built by Justinian the Great in the 6th century but it took a long time before Hayratiye köprüsü  - the foregoer of Atatürk köprüsü connected Azapkapı and Unkapanı in 1845. And only as late as in 1973 that it was possible to cross Bosphorus with dry feet.


Interestingly, Ottomans built numerous bridges to the West of Istanbul as early as during Kanuni and Yavuz. Some bridges are mentioned even in the CV of Mimar Sinan.


I have been to Istanbul a long time ago and I always tell people the only thing I remember from there is Galata bridge. Wrong also. The present bridge was built after my visit in 1994.



Edited (10/25/2012) by Abla
Edited (11/21/2012) by Abla

6.       Abla
3647 posts
 21 Nov 2012 Wed 07:29 pm





Doesn’t it sound strange that Leonardo da Vinci (and Michelangelo also as my article relates) were eager to plan bridges for Istanbul? It actually shows what a magnetic city Istanbul was in the 15th century in the eyes of Western intelligentsia. It is good to remember this even though Renaissance in school history books is often solely connected to Italy.


It was very much the inheritage of Fatih Sultan Mehmet who showed hospitality European learned men and artists as well as Christian scholars.


Fatih´in oğlu II. Bâyezid…İtalya´daki devletlerle iyi ilişkiler kurmuştu. Avrupalı sanatkârlar, Fatih zamanında birçok sanatçının Osmanlı Devleti´nde faaliyet göstermiş olması ve İkinci Bâyezid´in da Batı´yla bu kadar ilgilenmesinden dolayı araştırmalarına maddi destek sağlamak için sultanla temas kurmaya çalıştılar. Mehmed II’s son Bayezid II built good relationships with the governments in Italy. European artists strived to make contact with the Sultan in order to gain material support for their studies because during the Conqueror many artists were in the service of the Ottoman Empire and because Bayezid II also was so much interested in the West.


Edited (11/21/2012) by Abla

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