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A unique experience

During the Byzantine era, the Golden Horn was a perfect natural harbor for trade and communication in the city. Grains, produce, fish...everything was sold on these banks. These days, the tradition carries on in the form of the omnipresent stalls selling fried fish, grilled corn, and vegetables.

During the Ottoman era, the northern shore was an exclusive area of leisure and shopping. From that era, we still have the Analikavak Palace and various Greek mansions scattered among the parks.

Throughout the 20th century, the Golden Horn slowly fell into decay and lost some of its charm. However, since 1994 there has been a public campaign to restore the banks and we can now appreciate the fruits of this labor on a ferry ride, something no visitor should miss. Oh, and don't miss the fishermen who line the Galata Bridge day and night.
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Evening on the golden horn

Of all the places I've visited, few have left such a lasting impression on me as the Golden Horn. There I was, standing at the foot of the Galata Bridge while the city lights began to dim and the calls to prayer sounded over the bustle of pedestrians, taxis, and ships.

The port area is a hive of people coming and going; it's as if every day the entire city acts out a huge choreographed dance under the watch of the Galata Tower and the minarets of the city's famous mosques.

This is a place where you can truly experience the essence of Istanbul: the busy Galata Bridge and its throngs of cane-pole fisherman, the non-stop boats passing below, the smell of fresh-cooked fish, and the calls to prayer from the New Mosque nearby. Without a doubt, it's one of my favorite places on Earth.
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Spectacular colors

The Golden Horn, Istanbul, has the largest number of buildings of cultural interest imaginable. From the bridge opposite the Galata Tower to the Museum of Archaeology are mosques, cathedrals and the world's most beautiful cisterns. Hagia Sophia (Christian architecture sprouting from a Muslim background), the Blue Mosque (6 minarets and spectacular colors) and the Roman cisterns (full of carved columns) are in themselves sufficient to justify a trip to Istanbul. A modern streetcar runs through the Golden Horn and restaurants surround the entire old city. But there are tourists/visitors at all times which makes it difficult to take a single snapshot that accurately reflects the spirit of this part of town.
Pablo Bernardo Caveda
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Since the byzantine era, the golden h...

Since the Byzantine era, the Golden Horn is the perfect natural port for communication and commerce of the city of Istanbul .. Cereals, fruits, vegetables, everything is bought and sold by the river, which is actually an arm of the sea from this period remain today stands fishermen, and grilled vegetables but found today across the Golden Horn. During the Ottoman Empire, the north shore was dedicated to business, but also for pleasure, it is found the Harem of the Topkapi Palace and the palaces of the rich merchants. Then the horn Gold lost its prestige, it remained abandoned as the city grew in other places. Today, many means are implemented for its restoration and backup. The best way to explore the Golden Horn is by ferry, they cost the same price as the bus or subway, and walking about 21 pm to 5 am, offering us go back on the river with different lights , people, stories. The harbor is always busy, fishermen cast their rods from the Galata Bridge, cargo outweigh oil from the Black Sea to Europe, the muezzin call to prayer from the minaret .... Do not miss also the Grand Bazaar, Spice its batteries and Turkish delight!

Depuis l´époque byzantine, la corne d´or est le port naturel parfait pour la communication et le commerce de la ville d´Istanbul.. Céréales, fruits, légumes frais, tout s´achète et se vend au bord du fleuve, qui en réalité est un bras de mer. De cette époque restent aujourd´hui les stands de pêcheurs, de mais et légumes grillés que l´on trouve aujourd´hui partout dans la corne d´Or.

Durant l´empire Ottoman, la rive nord était dédiée aux affaires, mais aussi aux plaisirs, c´est la que l´on trouve le Harem du palais de Topkapi, et les palais des riches négociants. Puis la corne d´Or perdit son prestige, elle resta abandonnée pendant que la ville se développait en d´autres endroit. Aujourd´hui, beaucoup de moyens sont mis en œuvre pour sa restauration et sa sauvegarde.

La meilleure manière d´explorer la corne d´or, c´est en ferry, ils coutent le même prix que le bus ou le métro, et ils marchent de 5h a 21h environ, nous offrant des aller retours sur le fleuve avec différentes lumières, personnes, histoires.

Le port est toujours animé, les pêcheurs jettent leurs cannes depuis le pont de Galata, les cargos emportent le pétrole de la mer noir vers l´Europe, les muezzins appellent a la prière du haut du minaret….

A ne pas manquer également, le grand bazar, ses piles d´épices et ses loukoums !
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From above istanbul

The city of Istanbul is the only city in the world that is part of two continents, Europe and Asia, but beyond this geographical division there is another quite interesting, the Golden Horn, which divides the European side in the new town and city Old. The famous Galata Bridge is a crossing of this estuary, connecting Sirkeci and Eminönü, ie the old and new part of town. The best form of contemplating the Golden Horn is from the magnificent Galata Tower and the best way to explore is catching a ferry towards Eyüp, passing Kasimpasa, Fener, Hasköy, and Ayvansaray Sütlüce to Eyüp. Ferries depart from the dock at the start of Halic Golden Horn every hour and the journey time is about 25 minutes. This estuary seen from Galata Tower next to the setting of the sun is well up to its name, since the water is the color of gold.

Istambul do alto

A cidade de Istambul é a única cidade do mundo que faz parte de 2 continentes, o europeu e o asiático, no entanto para além desta divisão geográfica há ainda outra bastante interessante, o Corno de Ouro, que divide o lado europeu em cidade nova e cidade antiga.
A famosa Ponte Gálata é uma das que atravessa este estuário, ligando Eminönü e Sirkeci, ou seja a antiga e a nova parte da cidade.
A melhor formar de contemplar o Corno de Ouro é a partir da magnífica Torre Gálata e a melhor forma de o explorar é apanhando um ferry em direcção a Eyüp, passando por Kasımpaşa, Fener, Hasköy, Ayvansaray e Sütlüce para Eyüp.
Os ferries partem da doca Haliç no início do Corno de Ouro de hora a hora e o tempo de viagem é de cerca de 25 minutos.
Este estuário visto da Torre Gálata junto ao pôr-do-sol faz bem jus ao seu nome, uma vez que a água fica da cor do ouro.
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Istanbul sunset from the bridge over the golden horn

What to say about this city unique mystique, all the smells, colors and music of the call to prayer will add up to be the mystery that exists between East and West, could write hundreds of adjectives on this fantastic city.

Estambul, atardecer desde el puente sobre el cuerno de oro

Que decir de esta ciudad, única, mística, todos los olores, los colores y la música del llamado a la oración le cuadran para ser ese misterio que hay entre oriente y occidente, podría escribir cientos de adjetivos sobre esta ciudad fantástica.
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A magical city ...

A magical city ...

Una ciudad mágica...

Una ciudad mágica...
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Discovery of a diferent civilization

No surprise stop on my trip to Istanbul and Cappadocia, an incredible beauty and millions of places to discover. When you go back home you feel like you've seen it all and have not seen anything. I advise you to go in the period of Ramadan. It is a real adventure.

Descubrimiento de una civilizacion diferent

No deje de sorprenderme en mi viaje a Estambul y Capadocia, Una belleza increíble y millones de sitios para descubrir. CUando te vas de vuelta a casa tienes la sensación de haberlo visto todo y no haber visto nada. Os aconsejo que vayáis en la época del Ramadan. Es una autentica aventura.
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