A strait where connects Europe to Asia and Marmara Sea to Black Sea


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About Istanbul Bosphorus

Bosphorus strait one of the world's busiest waterways in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, Istanbul is a transcontinental city, with one third of its population living in Asia but its commercial and historical center in Europe.

The Bosphorus,is a strait that forms parts the of boundary between Europe and Asia.The Bosphorus,the sea of Marmara and the Dardenelles strait to the southwest together form the Turkish Straits.

The Bosphorus was formed about 5600 B.C when rising waters of Mediterranean breached trought the Black Sea,which at the time was a low-lying body of fresh water.

The Bosphorus has been always so important fort he civilazitons (Greeks,Romans-Byzantines,Ottomans and Republic of Turkey). It is between the two continents,Black Sea-sea of Marmara.The Greek city-state of Athens in the 5th century B.C,which was dependent on grain imports from Sycthia,maintained critical alliances with cities which controlled the straits,such as the Megarian of Byzantium.

Persian King Darius I the Great,in an attempt to sabdue the Sycthian horsemen who roamed across the North of the Black Sea,crossed trough the Bosphorus,then marched towards the Danube Rivers.His army crossed the Bosphorus over an enormous bridge made by connecting Archaemenid boats.

The strategic significance was one of the factors in the decision of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great to found there in AD 330 his new capital,Constantinople,which came to be known as the capital Eastern Roman Empire.On 29 May 1453 it was conquered by the emerging Ottoman Empire.

Today,while walking or touring around the bosphorus you can easily witness the history, private houses, schools, mosques, private boats, fortresses, bridges, forests, palaces, apartments and sunset-sunriseā€¦

About Bosphorus