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Turkey: Erdogan opens third bridge over the Bosphorus amid high security01:46

Turkey: Erdogan opens third bridge over the Bosphorus amid high security

Turkey, Istanbul
August 26, 2016 at 19:56 GMT -00:00 · Published

The third bridge over the Bosphorus was inaugurated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a ceremony in Istanbul, Friday, that was also attended by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Addressing the crowd, Erdogan said, "what happened to the first bridge? It became the 15th of July Martyr's bridge. You have named it. The second bridge is the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and now this is the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. This is what suits my people well."

The bridge was named 'Yavuz Sultan Selim,' after the 16th-century Ottoman sultan who significantly expanded the empire. Stretching 1.4 km (0.87 miles) over the Bosphorus and at 59 metres (193 feet) in width it is said to be the world's widest suspension bridge, and the longest with a railway track. Politicians and officials from other European and Asian countries were also at the ceremony, representing Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Pakistan, Georgia and Serbia. The ceremony was held amid a high level of security.

The bridge, which cost almost $3 billion (€2.68 billion) to build, consists of 10 lanes including two railway tracks. It will be an important route for lorries and cargo vehicles, and is designed to ease congestion in Istanbul.

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The third bridge over the Bosphorus was inaugurated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a ceremony in Istanbul, Friday, that was also attended by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Addressing the crowd, Erdogan said, "what happened to the first bridge? It became the 15th of July Martyr's bridge. You have named it. The second bridge is the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and now this is the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. This is what suits my people well."

The bridge was named 'Yavuz Sultan Selim,' after the 16th-century Ottoman sultan who significantly expanded the empire. Stretching 1.4 km (0.87 miles) over the Bosphorus and at 59 metres (193 feet) in width it is said to be the world's widest suspension bridge, and the longest with a railway track. Politicians and officials from other European and Asian countries were also at the ceremony, representing Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Pakistan, Georgia and Serbia. The ceremony was held amid a high level of security.

The bridge, which cost almost $3 billion (€2.68 billion) to build, consists of 10 lanes including two railway tracks. It will be an important route for lorries and cargo vehicles, and is designed to ease congestion in Istanbul.

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