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This is a second picture I am posting from Rumeli fortress, though now we are looking at the Fatih bridge over the Bosphourus from one of the outposts of the fortress.

About the Fatih sultan mehmet bridge (from wikipedia):
The Fatih Sultan Bridge, also known as the Second Bosporus Bridge (in Turkish: Fatih Sultan Mehmet Köprüsü or 2. Boğaziçi Köprüsü), is a bridge in Istanbul, Turkey spanning the Bosporus strait (Turkish: Boğaziçi). The bridge is situated between Hisarüstü (European side) and Kavacık (Asian side). It is a gravity-anchored suspension bridge with steel pylons and inclined hangers. The aerodynamic deck is hanging on double vertical steel cables. It is 1,510 m long with a deck width of 39 m. The distance between the towers (main span) is 1,090 m (World rank 2004: 13th) and their height over road level is 105 m. The clearance of the bridge from the sea level is 64 m, to allow passage to the aircraft carrier Enterprise and the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth II, the tallest ships afloat.

An international consortium of three Japanese companies, one Italian and one Turkish company carried out the construction. Design work was by Freeman Fox & Partners. It was completed on July 3, 1988 and opened by Prime Minister Turgut Özal who drove his official car by himself as the first to pass. The cost of the bridge amounted to USD 130 million.

More info about the fortress (see previous photo):
5 main gates, the walls are 5 to 15 m high. There are 15 subordinate towers, some of which are in the fortress, of all sizes and in different shapes. for example, one of the towers called Saruca Pasha has 7 floors, with walls 28 m high and 9 m thick. The sultan himself personally supervised the construction of all the walls linking the various towers.

info from the site.

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