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The Bosporus
Bosporus
(/ˈbɒspərəs/) or Bosphorus (/ˈbɒspərəs/ or /ˈbɒsfərəs/);[1] Greek: Βόσπορος, Bósporos [ˈvos.po.ros], Ancient Greek: Βόσπορος, Bósporos [bós.po.ros]; Turkish: İstanbul Boğazı, [isˈtanbuɫ bo‿aˈzɯ]) is a narrow, natural strait and an internationally significant waterway located in northwestern Turkey. It forms part of the continental boundary between Europe
Europe
and Asia, and separates Asian Turkey
Turkey
from European Turkey. The world's narrowest strait used for international navigation, the Bosporus
Bosporus
connects the Black Sea
Black Sea
with the Sea of Marmara, and, by extension via the Dardanelles, the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. Most of the shores of the strait are heavily settled, straddled by the city of Istanbul's metropolitan population of 17 million inhabitants extending inland from both coasts. Together with the Dardanelles, the Bosporus
Bosporus
forms the Turkish Straits.

Contents

1 Name 2 Geography

2.1 Formation 2.2 Present morphology 2.3 Newer explorations

3 History

3.1 Ancient Greek, Persian, Roman and Byzantine eras (pre-1453) 3.2 Ottoman era (1453–1922) 3.3 Turkish republican era (1923–present)

4 Crossings

4.1 Maritime 4.2 Land 4.3 Submarine

5 Sightseeing 6 Image gallery 7 See also 8 Notes 9 External links

Name[edit] The name of the channel comes from the Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
Βόσπορος (Bosporos), which was folk-etymologised as βοὸς πόρος, i.e. "cattle strait" (or "Ox-ford"[2]), from the genitive of bous βοῦς "ox, cattle" + poros πόρος "passage", thus meaning "cattle-passage", or "cow passage".[3] This is in reference to the mythological story of Io, who was transformed into a cow, and was subsequently condemned to wander the Earth until she crossed the Bosporus, where she met the Titan Prometheus, who comforted her with the information that she would be restored to human form by Zeus
Zeus
and become the ancestress of the greatest of all heroes, Heracles (Hercules). This folk etymology was canonized by Aeschylus
Aeschylus
in Prometheus
Prometheus
Bound (v. 734f.), where Prometheus
Prometheus
prophesies to Io that the strait would be named after her. The site where Io supposedly went ashore was near Chrysopolis (present-day Üsküdar), and was named Bous "the Cow". The same site was also known as Damalis, as it was where the Athenian general Chares had erected a monument to his wife Damalis, which included a colossal statue of a cow (the name Damalis translating to "calf").[4] The English spelling with -ph-, Bosphorus has no justification in the ancient Greek name, and dictionaries prefer the spelling with -p-[1] but -ph- occurs as a variant in medieval Latin (as Bosphorus, and occasionally Bosforus, Bosferus), and in medieval Greek sometimes as Βόσφορος,[5] giving rise to the French form Bosphore, Spanish Bósforo and Russian Босфор. The 12th century Greek scholar John Tzetzes calls it Damaliten Bosporon (after Damalis), but he also reports that in popular usage the strait was known as Prosphorion during his day,[6] the name of the most ancient northern harbour of Constantinople. Historically, the Bosporus
Bosporus
was also known as the " Strait
Strait
of Constantinople", or the Thracian Bosporus, in order to distinguish it from the Cimmerian Bosporus
Cimmerian Bosporus
in Crimea. These are expressed in Herodotus' Histories, 4.83; as Bosporus
Bosporus
Thracius, Bosporus
Bosporus
Thraciae , and Βόσπορος Θρᾴκιος, respectively. Other names by which the strait is referenced by Herodotus
Herodotus
include Chalcedonian Bosporus
Bosporus
( Bosporus
Bosporus
Chalcedoniae, Bosporos tes Khalkedonies, Herodotus 4.87), or Mysian Bosporus
Bosporus
( Bosporus
Bosporus
Mysius).[7] The term eventually came to be used as common noun βόσπορος, meaning "a strait", and was also formerly applied to the Hellespont
Hellespont
in Classical Greek
Classical Greek
by Aeschylus
Aeschylus
and Sophocles. Geography[edit] As a maritime waterway, the Bosporus
Bosporus
connects various seas along the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkans, the Near East, and Western Eurasia, and specifically connects the Black Sea
Black Sea
to the Sea of Marmara. The Marmara further connects to the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas via the Dardanelles. Thus, the Bosporus
Bosporus
allows maritime connections from the Black Sea
Black Sea
all the way to the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean via Gibraltar, and the Indian Ocean through the Suez Canal, making it a crucial international waterway, in particular for the passage of goods coming in from Russia. A common mistake made by those who are unfamiliar with the locale is to assume the Bosporus
Bosporus
is a river, when it is, in fact, a narrow sea channel. Formation[edit] Main article: Black Sea
Black Sea
deluge hypothesis The exact cause and date of the formation of the Bosporus
Bosporus
remain the subject of debate among geologists. One recent theory, dubbed The Black Sea
Black Sea
deluge theory, which was launched by a study of the same name in 1997 by two scientists from Columbia University, postulates that the Bosporus
Bosporus
was formed around 5600 BC when the rising waters of the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
and the Sea of Marmara
Sea of Marmara
breached through to the Black Sea, which at the time, according to the theory, was a low-lying body of fresh water. Many geologists, however, claim that the strait is much older, even if relatively young on a geologic timescale. From the perspective of ancient Greek mythology, it was said that colossal floating rocks known as the Symplegades, or Clashing Rocks, once occupied the hilltops on both sides of the Bosporus, and destroyed any ship that attempted passage of the channel by rolling down the strait's hills and violently crushing all vessels between them. The Symplegades were defeated when the lyrical hero Jason obtained successful passage, whereupon the rocks became fixed, and Greek access to the Black Sea
Black Sea
was opened. Present morphology[edit] The limits of the Bosporus
Bosporus
are defined as the connecting line between the lighthouses of Rumeli Feneri
Rumeli Feneri
and Anadolu Feneri
Anadolu Feneri
in the north, and between the Ahırkapı Feneri
Ahırkapı Feneri
and the Kadıköy İnciburnu Feneri
Kadıköy İnciburnu Feneri
in the south. Between these limits, the strait is 31 km (17 nmi) long, with a width of 3,329 m (1.798 nmi) at the northern entrance and 2,826 m (1.526 nmi) at the southern entrance. Its maximum width is 3,420 m (1.85 nmi) between Umuryeri and Büyükdere Limanı, and minimum width 700 m (0.38 nmi) between Kandilli Point and Aşiyan. The depth of the Bosporus
Bosporus
varies from 13 to 110 m (43 to 361 ft) in midstream with an average of 65 m (213 ft). The deepest location is between Kandilli and Bebek with 110 m (360 ft). The most shallow locations are off Kadıköy İnciburnu on the northward route with 18 m (59 ft) and off Aşiyan Point on the southward route with 13 m (43 ft).[8] The Golden Horn
Golden Horn
is an estuary off the main strait that historically acted as a moat to protect Old Istanbul
Istanbul
from attack, as well as providing a sheltered anchorage for the imperial navies of various empires until the 19th century, after which it became a historic neighborhood at the heart of the city, popular with tourists and locals alike. Newer explorations[edit] It had been known since before the 20th century that the Black Sea
Black Sea
and the Sea of Marmara
Sea of Marmara
flow into each other in a geographic example of "density flow", and in August 2010, a continuous 'underwater channel' of suspension composition was discovered to flow along the floor of the Bosporus, which would be the sixth largest river on Earth if it were to be on land. The study of the water and wind erosion of the straits relates to that of its formation. Sections of the shore have been reinforced with concrete or rubble and sections of the strait prone to deposition are periodically dredged. The 2010 team of scientists, led by the University of Leeds, used a robotic "yellow submarine" to observe detailed flows within an "undersea river", scientifically referred to as a submarine channel, for the first time. Submarine channels are similar to land rivers, but they are formed by density currents—underwater flow mixtures of sand, mud and water that are denser than sea water and so sink and flow along the bottom. These channels are the main transport pathway for sediments to the deep sea where they form sedimentary deposits. These deposits ultimately hold not only untapped reserves of gas and oil, they also house important secrets—from clues on past climate change to the ways in which mountains were formed.[9] The team studied the detailed flow within these channels and findings included:

The channel complex and the density flow provide the ideal natural laboratory for investigating and detailing the structure of the flow field through the channel. Our initial findings show that the flow in these channels is quite different to the flow in river channels on land. Specifically, as flow moves around a bend it spirals in the opposite direction in the deep sea compared to the spiral found in river channels on land. This is important in understanding the sedimentology and layers of sediment deposited by these systems.[10]

The central tenet of the Black Sea
Black Sea
deluge hypothesis is that as the ocean rose 72.5 metres (238 ft) at the end of the last Ice Age when the massive ice sheets melted, the sealed Bosporus
Bosporus
was overtopped in a spectacular flood that increased the then fresh water Black Sea Lake 50%, and drove people from the shores for many months. This was supported by findings of undersea explorer Robert Ballard, who discovered settlements along the old shoreline; scientists dated the flood to 7500 BP or 5500 BC from fresh-salt water microflora. The peoples driven out by the constantly rising water, which must have been terrifying and inexplicable, spread to all corners of the Western world carrying the story of the Great Flood, which is how it probably entered most religions. As the waters surged, they scoured a network of sea-floor channels less resistant to denser suspended solids in liquid, which remains a very active layer today. The first images of these submarine channels were obtained in 1999, showing them to be of great size[11] during a NATO
NATO
SACLANT Undersea Research project using jointly the NATO
NATO
RV Alliance, and the Turkish Navy survey ship Çubuklu. In 2002, a survey was carried out on board the Ifremer RV Le Suroit for BlaSON project (Lericolais, et al., 2003[12]) completed the multibeam mapping of this underwater channel fan-delta. A complete map was published in 2009[13] using these previous results with high quality mapping obtained in 2006 (by researchers at Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada who are project partners in this study.) The team will use the data obtained to create innovative computer simulations that can be used to model how sediment flows through these channels. The models the team will produce will have broad applications, including inputting into the design of seafloor engineering by oil and gas companies. The project was led by Dr. Jeff Peakall and Dr. Daniel Parsons at the University of Leeds, in collaboration with the University of Southampton, Memorial University
Memorial University
(Newfoundland, Canada), and the Institute of Marine Sciences (Izmir, Turkey). The survey was run and coordinated from the Institute of Marine Sciences research ship, the R/V Koca Piri Reis. The researchers estimate that the river, known as a submarine channel, would be the sixth largest river in the world if it were on land based on the amount of water flowing through it.[14]

History[edit] As part of the only passage between the Black Sea
Black Sea
and the Mediterranean, the Bosporus
Bosporus
has always been of great importance from a commercial and military point of view, and remains strategically important today. It is a major sea access route for numerous countries, including Russia
Russia
and Ukraine. Control over it has been an objective of a number of conflicts in modern history, notably the Russo-Turkish War (1877–78), as well as of the attack of the Allied Powers on the Dardanelles
Dardanelles
during the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli
Battle of Gallipoli
in the course of World War I. Ancient Greek, Persian, Roman and Byzantine eras (pre-1453)[edit]

Map of Constantinople
Constantinople
(modern-day Istanbul), designed in 1422 by Florentine cartographer Cristoforo Buondelmonti. This is the oldest surviving map of the city, and the only surviving map which predates the Turkish conquest of 1453. The Bosporus
Bosporus
is visible along the right hand side of the map, wrapping vertically around the historic city.

The strategic importance of the Bosporus
Bosporus
dates back millennia. The Greek city-state of Athens
Athens
in the 5th century BC, which was dependent on grain imports from Scythia, maintained critical alliances with cities which controlled the straits, such as the Megarian colony Byzantium. Persian King Darius I
Darius I
the Great, in an attempt to subdue the Scythian horsemen who roamed across the north of the Black Sea, crossed through the Bosporus, then marched towards the River
River
Danube. His army crossed the Bosporus
Bosporus
over an enormous bridge made by connecting Achaemenid boats.[15][16] This bridge essentially connected the farthest geographic tip of Asia
Asia
to Europe, encompassing at least some 1,000 metres of open water if not more.[17] Years later, a similar boat bridge would be constructed by Xerxes I
Xerxes I
on the Dardanelles (Hellespont) strait, during his invasion of Greece. The Byzantines called the Bosporus
Bosporus
"Stenon" and most important toponyms of it Bosporios Akra, Argyropolis, St. Mamas, St. Phokas, Hestiai or Michaelion, Phoneus, Anaplous or Sosthenion in European side and Hieron tower, Eirenaion, Anthemiou, Sophianai, Bithynian Chryspolis in Asian side in this era[18] The strategic significance of the strait 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 of the Eastern Roman Empire. The expressions "swim the Bosporus" and "cross the Bosporus" were and are still used to indicate religious conversion to the Eastern Orthodox Church. Ottoman era (1453–1922)[edit]

The Bosphorus, with the Castles of Europe
Europe
& Asia. 19th-century engraving by Thomas Allom. The castles are Rumelihisarı
Rumelihisarı
and Anadoluhisarı, respectively. The original is a watercolor available in the online collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.[19]

On 29 May 1453, the then-emergent Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
conquered the city of Constantinople
Constantinople
following a lengthy campaign wherein the Ottomans constructed fortifications on each side of the strait, the Anadoluhisarı
Anadoluhisarı
(1393) and the Rumelihisarı
Rumelihisarı
(1451), in preparation for not only the primary battle but to assert long-term control over the Bosporus
Bosporus
and surrounding waterways. The final 53-day campaign, which resulted in Ottoman victory, constituted an important turn in world history. Together with Christopher Columbus's first voyage to the Americas in 1492, the 1453 conquest of Constantinople
Constantinople
is commonly noted as among the events that brought an end to the Middle Ages and marked the transition to the Renaissance
Renaissance
and the Age of Discovery. The event also marked the end of the Byzantines —the final remnants of the Roman Empire— and the transfer of the control of the Bosporus into Ottoman hands, who made Constantinople
Constantinople
their new capital, and from where they expanded their empire in the centuries that followed. At its peak between the 16th and 18th centuries, the Ottoman Empire had used the strategic importance of the Bosporus
Bosporus
to expand their regional ambitions and to wrest control of the entire Black Sea
Black Sea
area, which they regarded as an "Ottoman lake", on which Russian warships were prohibited.[20] Subsequently, several international treaties have governed vessels using the waters. Under the Treaty of Hünkâr İskelesi
Treaty of Hünkâr İskelesi
of 8 July 1833, the Bosporus
Bosporus
and Dardanelles
Dardanelles
straits were to be closed on Russian demand to naval vessels of other powers.[21] By the terms of the London Straits Convention
London Straits Convention
concluded on 13 July 1841, between the Great Powers
Great Powers
of Europe
Europe
— Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Austria and Prussia — the "ancient rule" of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
was re-established by closing the Turkish Straits
Turkish Straits
to any and all warships, barring those of the Sultan's allies during wartime. It thus benefited British naval power at the expense of Russian, as the latter lacked direct access for its navy to the Mediterranean.[22] Following the First World War, the 1920 Treaty of Sèvres demilitarized the strait and made it an international territory under the control of the League of Nations. Turkish republican era (1923–present)[edit] This was amended under the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which restored the straits to Turkish territory—but allowed all foreign warships and commercial shipping to traverse the straits freely. Turkey
Turkey
eventually rejected the terms of that treaty, and subsequently Turkey remilitarised the straits area. The reversion was formalised under the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Turkish Straits
Turkish Straits
of 20 July 1936. That convention, which is still in force, treats the straits as an international shipping lane save that Turkey
Turkey
retains the right to restrict the naval traffic of non- Black Sea
Black Sea
states. Turkey
Turkey
was neutral in the Second World War
Second World War
until February 1945, and the straits were closed to the warships of belligerent nations during this time, although some German auxiliary vessels were permitted to transit. In diplomatic conferences, Soviet representatives had made known their interest in Turkish concession of Soviet naval bases on the straits. This, as well as Stalin's demands for the restitution of the Turkish provinces of Kars, Artvin
Artvin
and Ardahan
Ardahan
to the Soviet Union (which were lost by Turkey
Turkey
in the Russo–Turkish War of 1877–1878, but were regained with the Treaty of Kars
Treaty of Kars
in 1921), were considerations in Turkey's decision to abandon neutrality in foreign affairs. Turkey
Turkey
declared war against Germany in February 1945, but did not engage in offensive actions.[23][24][25][26] Turkey
Turkey
joined NATO
NATO
in 1952, thus affording its straits even more strategic importance as a commercial and military waterway. During the early 21st century, the Turkish Straits
Turkish Straits
have become particularly important for the oil industry. Russian oil, from ports such as Novorossyisk, is exported by tankers primarily to western Europe
Europe
and the U.S. via the Bosporus
Bosporus
and the Dardanelles
Dardanelles
straits. In 2011 Turkey
Turkey
planned a 50 km canal through Silivri
Silivri
as a second waterway, reducing risk in the Bosporus.[27][28] Crossings[edit]

Bosphorus Bridge, the first to be built across the Bosphorus, completed in 1973

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, the second crossing built in 1988, as seen from the Rumelian Castle on the Bosphorus

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the third and most recent crossing, in September 2016. The bridge was opened on 26 August 2016.

Maritime[edit] The waters of the Bosphorus are traversed by numerous passenger and vehicular ferries daily, as well as recreational and fishing boats ranging from dinghies to yachts owned by both public and private entities. The strait also experiences significant amounts of international commercial shipping traffic by freighters and tankers. Between its northern limits at Rumeli Feneri
Rumeli Feneri
and Anadolu Feneri
Anadolu Feneri
and its southern ones at Ahırkapı Feneri
Ahırkapı Feneri
and Kadıköy İnciburnu Feneri, there are numerous dangerous points for large-scale maritime traffic that require sharp turns and management of visual obstructions. Famously, the stretch between Kandilli Point and Aşiyan
Aşiyan
requires a 45-degree course alteration in a location where the currents can reach 7 to 8 knots (3.6 to 4.1 m/s). To the south, at Yeniköy, the necessary course alteration is 80 degrees. Compounding these difficult changes in trajectory, the rear and forward sight lines at Kandilli and Yeniköy are also completely blocked prior to and during the course alteration, making it impossible for ships approaching from the opposite direction to see around these bends. The risks posed by geography are further multiplied by the heavy ferry traffic across the strait, linking the European and Asian sides of the city. As such, all the dangers and obstacles characteristic of narrow waterways are present and acute in this critical sea lane. In 2011, the Turkish Government discussed creating a large-scale canal project roughly 80 kilometres (50 mi) long that runs north-south through the western edges of Istanbul
Istanbul
Province as a second waterway between the Black Sea
Black Sea
and the Marmara, intended to reduce risk in the Bosphorus.[27][28] This Kanal İstanbul
Kanal İstanbul
project currently continues to be debated.[29][30][31] Land[edit] Two suspension bridges and a cable-stayed bridge cross the Bosphorus. The first of these, the 15th July Martyrs Bridge, is 1,074 m (3,524 ft) long and was completed in 1973. The second, named Fatih Sultan Mehmet (Bosphorus II) Bridge, is 1,090 m (3,576 ft) long, and was completed in 1988 about 5 km (3 mi) north of the first bridge. The first Bosphorus Bridge forms part of the O1 Motorway, while the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge forms part of the Trans-European Motorway. The third, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, is 2,164 metres (7,100 ft) long and was completed in 2016.[32][33] It is located near the northern end of the Bosphorus, between the villages of Garipçe on the European side and Poyrazköy on the Asian side,[34] as part of the "Northern Marmara Motorway", integrated with the existing Black Sea
Black Sea
Coastal Highway, and allowing transit traffic to bypass city traffic.[32][33] Submarine[edit] The Marmaray
Marmaray
project, featuring a 13.7 km (8.5 mi) long undersea railway tunnel, opened on 29 October 2013.[35] Approximately 1,400 m (4,593 ft) of the tunnel runs under the strait, at a depth of about 55 m (180 ft). An undersea water supply tunnel with a length of 5,551 m (18,212 ft),[36] named the Bosporus
Bosporus
Water Tunnel, was constructed in 2012 to transfer water from the Melen Creek in Düzce Province
Düzce Province
(to the east of the Bosphorus strait, in northwestern Anatolia) to the European side of Istanbul, a distance of 185 km (115 mi).[36][37] The Eurasia Tunnel
Tunnel
is a 5.4 km (3.4 mi) undersea highway tunnel, crossing the Bosphorus for vehicular traffic, between Kazlıçeşme
Kazlıçeşme
and Göztepe. Construction began in February 2011, and was opened on 20 December 2016.[38] Sightseeing[edit] See also: Yalı, Ferries in Istanbul, and İDO The Bosphorus has 620 waterfront houses (yalı) built during the Ottoman period along the strait's European and Asian shorelines. Ottoman palaces such as the Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Yıldız Palace, Çırağan Palace, Feriye Palaces, Beylerbeyi Palace, Küçüksu Palace, Ihlamur Palace, Hatice Sultan Palace, Adile Sultan Palace and Khedive Palace
Khedive Palace
are within its view. Buildings and landmarks within view include the Hagia Sophia, Hagia Irene, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Yeni Mosque, Kılıç Ali Pasha Mosque, Nusretiye Mosque, Dolmabahçe Mosque, Ortaköy Mosque, Üsküdar
Üsküdar
Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, Yeni Valide Mosque, Maiden's Tower, Galata Tower, Rumelian Castle, Anatolian Castle, Yoros Castle, Selimiye Barracks, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Sadberk Hanım Museum, Istanbul
Istanbul
Museum of Modern Art, Borusan Museum of Contemporary Art, Tophane-i Amire Museum, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Galatasaray University, Boğaziçi University, Robert College, Kabataş High School, Kuleli Military High School. Two points in Istanbul
Istanbul
have most of the public ferries that traverse the strait: from Eminönü
Eminönü
(ferries dock at the Boğaz İskelesi pier) on the historic peninsula of Istanbul
Istanbul
to Anadolu Kavağı near the Black Sea, zigzagging and calling briefly multiple times at the Rumelian and Anatolian sides of the city. At central piers shorter, regular ride in one of the public ferries cross. Private ferries operate between Üsküdar
Üsküdar
and Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş
or Kabataş in the city. The few well-known geographic hazards are multiplied by ferry traffic across the strait, linking the European and Asian sides of the city, particularly for the largest ships.[8] The catamaran seabuses offer high-speed commuter services between the European and Asian shores of the Bosphorus, but they stop at fewer ports and piers in comparison to the public ferries. Both the public ferries and the seabuses also provide commuter services between the Bosphorus and the Prince Islands
Prince Islands
in the Sea of Marmara. There are also tourist rides available in various places along the coasts of the Bosphorus. The prices vary according to the type of the ride, and some feature loud popular music for the duration of the trip. Image gallery[edit]

View of the European side of Istanbul
Istanbul
from the southern entrance to the Bosphorus.

View of the European side of Istanbul
Istanbul
from the Bosphorus.

View of the entrance to the Bosphorus from the Sea of Marmara, as seen from the Topkapı Palace.

Panoramic view of the Bosphorus as seen from Ulus on the European side, with the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
(1988) at left and the Bosphorus Bridge
Bosphorus Bridge
(1973) at right.

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
(1988) and the Bosphorus strait.

Dolmabahçe Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace
on the Bosphorus.

View from Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
on the Bosphorus.

View of the Bosphorus from the Marmara Hotel, Taksim Square.

The Rumelian Castle on the Bosphorus, with both suspension bridges which span the strait.

620 historic waterfront houses stretch along the coasts of the Bosphorus, such as the yalı of Ahmet Rasim Pasha.

Yalı
Yalı
of Hacı Şefik Bey on the Bosphorus.

Ottoman era waterfront houses on the Bosphorus.

Afif Pasha Mansion on the Bosphorus was designed by Alexander Vallaury.

The quarters of Bebek, Arnavutköy
Arnavutköy
and Yeniköy on the Bosphorus are famous for their fish restaurants.

Ottoman era waterfront houses (yalı) on the Bosphorus.

Ottoman era waterfront houses (yalı) on the Bosphorus.

Ottoman era waterfront houses (yalı) on the Bosphorus.

Boat on Bosphorus as seen from Sultanahmet street.

See also[edit]

Great Istanbul
Istanbul
Tunnel, a proposed three-level road-rail undersea tunnel. List of maritime incidents in the Turkish Straits Public transport in Istanbul Rail transport
Rail transport
in Turkey

Notes[edit]

^ a b The spelling Bosporus
Bosporus
is listed first or exclusively in all major British and American dictionaries (e.g. Oxford
Oxford
Online Dictionaries, Collins, Longman, Merriam-Webster, American Heritage, and Random House) as well as the Encyclopædia Britannica and the Columbia Encyclopedia. The American Heritage Dictionary's online version has only this spelling and its search function doesn't even find anything for the spelling Bosphorus. The Columbia Encyclopedia specifies that the pronunciation of the alternative spelling ph is also /p/, but dictionaries also list the pronunciation /f/. ^ There is a certain (Oxonian) tradition of equating the name "Oxford" with "Bosporus", see e.g. Wolstenholme Parr, Memoir on the propriety of the word Oxford, Oxford,1820, esp. p. 18 ^ Entry: Βόσπορος at Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, 1940, A Greek-English Lexicon. ^ F. Sickler, Handbuch der alten Geographie, 1824, p. 551. ^ Bosporus
Bosporus
inCharlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary (1879). ^ Carl Müller, Geographi graeci minores, Didot, 1861, p. 7. ^ Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Bischoff, Verleichendes wörterbuch der alten, mittleren und neuen geographie, Becker, 1829, 195f. ^ a b "Türk Boğazları ve Marmara Denizi'nin Coğrafi Konumu-İstanbul Boğazı" (in Turkish). Denizcilik. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-18.  ^ Leeds researchers study undersea rivers with a yellow submarine AUVAC, 2010 ^ "Robotic sub records flow of undersea river – Futurity". 2 August 2010.  ^ Di Iorio, D., and Yüce, H. (1999). Observations of Mediterranean flow into the Black Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research 104(C2), 3091-3108. ^ Lericolais, G., Le Drezen, E., Nouzé, H., Gillet, H., Ergun, M., Cifci, G., Avci, M., Dondurur, D., and Okay, S. (2002). Recent canyon heads evidenced at the Bosporus
Bosporus
outlet. EOS transactions, AGU Fall Meet. Suppl. 83(47), Abstract PP71B-0409. ^ Flood, R. D., Hiscott, R. N., and Aksu, A. E. (2009). Morphology and evolution of an anastomosed channel network where saline underflow enters the Black Sea. Sedimentology 56(3), 807-839. ^ "University of Leeds". Leeds.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-31.  ^ Polybius, Historiae IV, 39, 16;[not in citation given] ^ Özhan Öztürk
Özhan Öztürk
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Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Istanbul/Bosphorus.

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 "Bosphorus". The New Student's Reference Work. 1914. 

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Coordinates: 41°07′10″N 29°04′31″E / 41.11944°N 29.07528°E / 41.11944; 29.07528

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