Bosphorus and Marmara Sea

“Invokes God, but you don't sailing alongside the reefs”

(Hindu proverb)

 

 Istanbul, a city between two continents, Europe and Asia, has as unifying and separator element the sea. From the confines of the city to the south in the Princes' Islands (Adalar), the Sea of Marmara opens between the two sides of the city, the Asian and European, to gradually get closer up to Golden Horn, and after that in the Bosphorus Strait having them face to face, attentive and vigilant to intense maritime traffic that runs through it.

 The Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus Strait are maritime arteries of Istanbul, continually crossed by all kinds of vessels, from ferries that make trips between the two shores every few minutes, the cruises along the Bosphorus to the Black Sea, or those ones that bring us to the Princes' Islands, the large amount of cargo ships that cross moving goods between the Mediterranean and the Eastern European countries, plus some that another warship.

 Water is definitely an essential element in the history and development of the city of Istanbul, ... and in the life of its inhabitants that every afternoon fill bridges and docks with fishing rods in a mixture of sport, leisure and social gathering, part of the "landscape" of the city.

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