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The God Zeus, transforms his lover Io into a cow in order to avoid his wife Hera’s anger. However Hera sends a gadfly to bother this cow and Io runs from one continent to another, however can not get rid of the gadfly. Finally she jumps into the sea on a shore and swims to Asia, Thus gives her name to a sea and a strait: The Bosphorus, or The Ford of the Cow. It is hard to imagine while looking at its deep blue waters today that once it was the topic of a great disagreement.

The Troyan War was a war that began for the city of Troy and Argonauts that were in the quest for the Golden Fleece, had been the first humanbeings that passed the Bosphorus.

The deepest point of the Bosphorus is 120m and is 31km long; it is 660m at its narrowest while. 4.7 km at its widest. The predominant surface current flows from the Black Sea to the Marmara, while the main current moves towards the reverse direction.

The visitors must absolutely take a trip to Bosphorus by ferry. The ferry passes below the two bridges, visits the landings of neighbourhoods as beautiful as paintings, and creeps away from one continent to the other, one shore to another during the whole afternoon. The commercial ships, generally with Russian flag that want to get in touch with the world through Bosphorus pass nearby you. A marvellous panorama that changes in every kilometer is awiting for you, once you pass bellow the Bosphorus Bridge. “Yalı”s, the wooden waterside residences began to be built at the Bosphorus shores beginning from the 17 century. The best ones are between Çengelköy and Kanlıca, on the Asian side. Most of them were restorated. Especially “Ostrorog Yalısı” at Kandilli and “Amcazade Hüseyin Paşa Yalısı” in Kanlıca are very attractive. Almost every yalı has a landing that the small boats cruising by rowing in the Bosphorus can come alongside.

Most of the yalıs remained until today are from the 19 century. The yalıs lived their golden age during the Tulip Age, the period of Sultan Ahmet III, interested in art,in the 18 century. The yalıs are built in harmony with the environment so that to meet the demands of the dwellers that wish tos it and rest, the warm weather and the flow of the water reinforces this pleasure. It is possible to understand this from the scenes, reflecting a kind af Otoman “summer ambience”, depicted to the walls and ceilings of the rooms. Unfortunately, these pictures give a feeling of nostalgia today. The wooden structure of the buildings is completely suitable for this kind of life. The wooden framework and railing carved artistically, prevents the hot weather coming in. The interior of the buildings are also full of ornaments and wooden carvings decorated with gold. Rooms are generally furnished with low divans (sofas) and carpets. In the middle is a brazier, ready for the colder days. Besides, the landscapegardening is very important. The gardens are full of palm trees, pines, cedars due to the appropriate weather conditions; oleanders, tulips, magnolias are the main adornments of the gardens; the walls of the small arbours are covered with ivy, and the smell of honeysuckles surrounds everywhere.

The Bosphorus neighbourhoods such Arnavutköy, Bebek, Yeniköy and Tarabya are on teh European side. You can anchor at one of the fish restaurants there in the way back from ferry trip.

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