The world's longest suspension bridge has been opened in Turkey, connecting the European and Asian shores of the Dardanelles. Its middle span is 2,023 m long, which makes it a record holder in this category. The Canakkale 1915 Bridge allows travelers to cross the Dardanelles Strait in just 6 minutes, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara.
Previously, the inhabitants had to cross by ferry there, and the time to cover this route under unfavorable conditions could be extended up to five hours. The Canakkale 1915 Bridge allows travelers to cross the Dardanelles Strait in just 6 minutes, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara. Previously, the inhabitants had to cross by ferry there, and the time to cover this route under unfavorable conditions could be extended up to five hours.
The toll for the bridge will be 200 Turkish Lira
The construction of the bridge cost about 2.5 million euros, but thanks to this, Turkey will save about 415 million euros annually, because fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions will decrease. According to the Daily Mail website, the bridge toll is to be 200 Turkish liras (about PLN 55).
The architecture of the bridge is full of symbolism
The central span of the Canakkale Bridge 1915 is 2023 m, which is to be an honorary gesture commemorating the centenary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
In turn, the year 1915 in the name of the bridge evokes memories of the Gallipoli Campaign. During World War I, it was led by the powers of the Entente - Great Britain, France and Russia and was aimed at securing the sea route from the Mediterranean Sea to Istanbul via the Dardanelles and eliminating the Ottoman Empire from the war. In April 1915, the Battle of Gallipoli began, which lasted until January 1916. It was the largest landing operation of the First World War.
The bridge is to be a link between East and West
"Turkey overtook Japan, which has the longest bridge in the world by middle span, and came in first," said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at the bridge opening ceremony on March 18.
The president added that the bridge will strengthen ties between Turkey and South Korea. In his opinion, Canakkale 1915 will leave the history of conflicts behind and will be a bridge between East and West, starting a new era of peace and prosperity.