Galata and Eminönü

Golden Horn and the Bosphorus Strait are principal places that every tourist visiting Istanbul at least passes by. Bustling Eminönü with all kinds of transport - trains in Sirkeci, boats and trams and cars and busses at Eminönü. And Galata, former Genovese sronghold in Middle Ages is now a modern partly pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi.
   
From Galata to Bosphorus1
1 View from Galata tower on the European side of Istanbul to the Bosphorus and Asia. Galata is located at the northern shore of the Golden Horn. The Tower was built by the Genoese in 1453.
Galata over the bay2
2 Galata is located at the northern shore of the Golden Horn. The Tower at the top of the citadel was built by the Genoese in 1453 offers the best view on the Istanbul mosques and Bosphorus Bridge.
Fishermen Galata Bridge3
3 We have never seen that many people fishing from the bridge. They are not fishing for just one, but at least 10 fish at the same time and on the same rope. Great to watch!
Evening lights and Galata4
4 Eminönü is Istanbul's major crossroads located on the south side of the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. Main transport nod for trains, trams and buses, and the Eminönü ferry docks.mEvening at the Eminonu pier and embankment is always busy - fishermen, street vendors, restaurants and people travelling to and from Galata, Bosphorus or Sirkeci.
Man and tramway5
5 Tunel Square is at the top end of the Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue) is the heart of Beyoğlu, the more modern district of Istanbul built during the 19th century. The street is most popular strolling, shopping and tram rides.
Lit up mosque and tramway6
6 Eminönü can be magical at night - tram passing in front of the iluminated Yeni Cami (New Mosque) close to the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar and Sirkeci Station. It's not new, having been cbuilt between 1597 and 1663, but Its name is an abbreviated version of its proper name, the New Queen Mother Mosque (Yeni Valide Camii).
Boat pier7
7 Eminönü is Istanbul's major transport crossroads. There are plenty of sights in the vicinity -the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, the Yeni Cami (New Mosque), Central Post Office (Merkez Postane), Rüstem Pasha Mosque and Sirkeci Station.
Moon over Bosphorus Bridge8
8 There are two suspension road bridges connecting Europe to Asia over Bosphorus. Bosphorus Bridge was opened in October 1973. It is 1074 meters long between two pillars, 6 lanes. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (or FSM Bridge) was opened July 1988. It is 1090 meters long, 8 lanes, 65 meters high from the water surface. More romantic is to take a waterbus/ferry from Emionu.
Lighthouse Bosphorus9
9 Bosphorus is a natural strait connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and separates European part from Asian part of Istanbul. Strait's length is 32 kilometers (20 miles) in the north to south direction, width varies between 730-3300 meters. It is also a very busy waterway with around 48.000 ships annually.
Fishermen boat in waves10
10 The waters of Bosphorus can be very bumpy. The current is always flowing from north to the south, but here is a strong underwater countercurrent. The speed can reach 7–8 knots
City houses detail11
11 Golden Horn and also Sultanahmet are hilly parts of Istanbul. Houses are built in such a way that a maximum number of people benefits from the seaview.