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Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge
Yavuz Sultan Selim Köprüsü
Bridge under construction, February 2014
Official name Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge
Other name(s) Third Bosphorus Bridge
Carries Four motorway lanes () and one railway line in each direction
Crosses Bosphorus
Locale Istanbul
Maintained by İçtaş
Designer Michel Virlogeux
Jean-François Klein
Design Hybrid Cable-Stayed, Suspension bridge
Total length 2,164 m (7,100 ft)[1]
Width 58.4 m (192 ft)[1]
Height 321.9 m (1,056 ft)[1]
Longest span 1,408 m (4,619 ft)[1]
Construction begin 2013
Construction cost 4.5 billion
Opened End 2015
Toll $3.00
Third Bosphorus Bridge is located in Turkey
Third Bosphorus Bridge
Location of Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge in Turkey

The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (Turkish: Yavuz Sultan Selim Köprüsü), initially named the Third Bosphorus Bridge, is a project to construct a bridge for rail and motor vehicle transit over the Bosphorus, north of two existing bridges in Istanbul, Turkey.

The bridge will be situated between Garipçe in Sarıyer on the European side and Poyrazköy in Beykoz on the Asian side.[2] The foundation stone laying ceremony was held on May 29, 2013.[3][4][5][6]


  • Project 1
  • Construction history 2
  • Naming 3
  • See also 4
  • Gallery 5
  • References 6
  • Sources 7


The bridge is part of the projected 260 km (160 mi) long Northern Marmara Motorway (Turkish: Kuzey Marmara Otoyolu), which will bypass urban areas of Istanbul in the north connecting Kınalı, Silivri in the west and Paşaköy, Hendek in the east. The 58.4 m (192 ft) wide bridge will be 2,164 m (7,100 ft) in length with a main span of 1,408 m (4,619 ft).[6][7] The main span of the bridge will be 8th longest among suspension bridges in the world.

Designed by French engineer Michel Virlogeux and by Jean-François Klein from T-ingénierie (a Geneva-based company) the bridge will be a combined road-rail bridge. It will carry four motorway lanes and one railway line in each direction.[6] The construction is being carried out by a consortium of the Turkish company İçtaş and the Italian company Astaldi that won the bid on May 30, 2012. The budgeted cost of the bridge's construction is 4.5 billion (approximately US$2.5 billion as of March 2013). The construction was originally expected to be completed in 36 months with the opening date scheduled for the end of 2015.[8][9][10] On 29 May, 2013 Prime Minister Erdoğan directed the construction management team to finish the construction within 24 months, and projected an opening date for May 29, 2015.[6]

When completed, the Third Bosphorus Bridge will be the longest combined motorway/railway bridge of the world and the world's ninth longest suspension bridge.[5] The bridge toll is set to be US$3.00 (approximately 6.70 as of February 2014) between the motorway exits Odayeri and Paşaköy.[6] It is expected that at least 135,000 vehicles will use the bridge daily in each direction.[11]

Minister of Transport and Communication Binali Yıldırım stated that of the total area to be socialized for the bridge project 9.57% is currently private property, 75.24% is forested land, and the remaining 15.19% is already state-owned land.[11]

Construction history

Plans for a third Bosphorous bridge were approved by the Ministry of Transportation in 2012. The construction of the project was awarded to the İçtaş-Astaldi consortium on May 29, 2012.[12]

The construction of the bridge began officially with the foundation stone laying in a ceremony held on May 29, 2013, the anniversary day of the conquest of Costantinople in 1453. The ceremony was attended by State President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and numerous high-ranked officials. Erdoğan directed the construction management team to complete construction within 24 months, and set the opening date for May 29, 2015.[6]

Work was halted in July 2013 when it became evident that the site was mislocated- but only after the removal of thousands of trees. The action, announced in paperwork filed for a plan change written by State Highways Directorate Director-General Mehmet Cahit Turhan on June 11, 2013, reads "it is appropriate to cancel the current construction plan due to the necessity of making a revision, which resulted from changes of the route project". Both the ministry and the construction company have denied any change to construction site location.[13]

Land prices in the northern, less urbanized areas on both sides of the Bosphorus are already soaring in expectation of an urbanization boom thanks to the new cross-water connection, according to Ekumenopolis, a documentary film of 2010 about the area.[14] The efficacy of the proclaimed goal of easing traffic congestion has been challenged, claiming that the project is little more than a contrivance to open for development lands that had been long protected by law.[15] The green areas and wetlands in question, producing most of the drinking water for the city, are considered by many to be essential for Istanbul's ecological and economic sustainability, and a possible pollution of the groundwater would provoke the collapse of the city.[16] In 1995, then mayor of Istanbul, Erdogan declared that a third bridge would be “murder would mean the murder of the city".[17][18][19]


9th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Selim I (1470-1520)

The name of the bridge was announced by State President Abdullah Gül at the ground-breaking ceremony as the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, in honor of Ottoman Sultan Selim I (1465–1520).[6] The choice of name of the bridge led to protests by Alevis in Turkey because of the role of Sultan Selim I, nicknamed "the Grim" due to his cruelty, in the Ottoman persecution of Alevis.[20] In 1514, Selim I ordered the massacre of 40,000 Anatolian Alevites (Qizilbash), whom he considered heretics,[21] reportedly proclaiming that "the killing of one Alevite had as much otherworldly reward as killing 70 Christians".[22]

Masum Türker, leader of the Democratic Left Party, suggested that given Selim's role in establishing the Sunni character of the Ottoman Empire, the naming of the bridge (announced with both President and Prime Minister present) was especially significant, saying that the naming was "a declaration of [the state] taking sides [in the Sunni-Shiite conflict in the Middle East] ... an outright challenge [by Turkey] on Iran, Iraq and Syria". He said the name would be divisive within Turkey, upsetting not only Alevis but also more secular non-Alevis, and said the name would have to be changed sooner or later.[23]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d "Kuzey Marmara Otoyolu" (in Turkish). KGM. p. 22. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Turkey Unveils Route for Istanbul's Third Bridge".  
  3. ^ Bayer, Yaşar (2013-03-28). "İşte 3'üncü köprünün ayak izleri".  
  4. ^ "3. Köprü İnşaatından İlk Görüntüler: Denize Dolgu Yapılmış, Ağaçlar Kesilmiş". Başka (in Turkish). 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  5. ^ a b "İşte 3. köprü güzergahı".  
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Yavuz Sultan Selim Köprüsü "3. köprünün ismi Yavuz Sultan Selim".  
  7. ^ Official website
  8. ^ "İçtaş-Astaldi win third Bosphorus bridge bid".  
  9. ^ "3. Köprü Nereye Yapılacak, Ne Zaman Bitecek". Bir Saniye (in Turkish). 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  10. ^ "İşte 3. Boğaz Köprüsü".  
  11. ^ a b "3. köprüden geçiş ücretleri belli oldu".  
  12. ^ CNN Türk: 3. Köprü ihalesini İçtaş-Astaldi kazandı
  13. ^
  14. ^ Part of the film available on YouTube, accessed 18 September 2011.
  15. ^
  16. ^ Gürsoy & Hüküm (2006), Interview with the president of Istanbul's Architect association
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^
  20. ^ Christiane Schlötzer: Osmanische Träume. Bauprojekte in der Türkei. Sü vom 3. Juni 2013.
  21. ^ Kohn, George C. (2007). Dictionary of Wars. Infobase Publishing. p. 385.  
  22. ^ Jalāl Āl Aḥmad (1982). Plagued by the West. Translated by Paul Sprachman. Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University.  
  23. ^, 5 June 2013, "DSP Leader: Turkey Needs To Change Name Of 3Rd Bosporus Bridge"


  • Gürsoy, Defne; Ugur Hüküm (2006). Istanbul: Emergence d'une société civile (in French). Paris: Editions Autrement.  
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