Counted as the,crowning beauty-of Istanbul, the Bosphorus is remarkable for the sheer extent of its beauty: if we cruise along it, every mile reveals new enchantment, new beauty, new romance. Harmonising with the natural beauties, the waterside villas seem almost to float on the water. The Bosphorus is prized also’ for the ca$l purity of its air, even on the hottest summer days. The pure sparkling springs of water on both shores, and the abundance and variety of delicious fish, add to its charm and value. There are many individual beauty spots, including, on the European side, the bays of Bebek, Istinye, Tarabya and Büyükdere and Çengelköy, Kanlıca and Beykoz on the Asiatic side.

The Bosphorus may be viewed ‘from two routes by lend from Taksim Square to Sarıyer  the lower road follows the shore past Dolmabahce Pataco the higher road, by Ayazcğa, wanders over the hills, reaahing the sea at Sarıyer, Istinye and Tarabya.. It is preferable, however, to take a boat along one shore..

Rumeli Hisarı (The Castle of Europe) : In the narrowest part of the Bosphorus, the spot where Darius the Persian crossed in 500 B.C. with an army of 700,000 men on a pontoon bridge, Fatih … >>

Kız Kulesi (The Maiden’s Tower or Leander’s Tower) : There are two legends about this tower (date unknown). The first is that of Hero and Leander, who was drowned while swimming to join his beioved Hero. This is now agreed … >>

Anadolu Hisarı (The Castle of Anatolia) : On the right bank of the small Göksu (Byz. Aretas) river, the Castle of Anatolia wos built in 1395 by Sultan Bayezit I Yrldinm (Lightning) after his triumph at Nicopoiis. Like his ‘ grandson… >>

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