* The Golden Horn Metro Bridge was completed in 2014
|Model of proposed Haliç Metro Bridge (Golden Horn Metro Bridge). Image: City of Istanbul|
|Resadiye Avenue with typical Istanbul traffic. Image: Brian Stokle/Urban Life Signs|
The conflict isn't so much about the need for a bridge, but where the bridge goes on the Golden Horn, and the height of the bridge towers. The cable-stay bridge towers will go high enough to block or distract views of the Süleymaniye Mosque, one of the most significant in Istanbul. In addition, the bridge will essentially go right towards the mosque, meaning that views from the mosque will be dominated by the bridge. As a comparison, imagine the San Francisco Bay Bridge going straight to Coit Tower, or a bridge from Manhattan to New Jersey passing a few hundred feet from the Statue of Liberty.
|Image Courtesy Istanbul SOS|
|Image Courtesy Turkey.com|
With that said, we grudgingly advocate the bridges construction. Unfortunately, if the bridge design falls short of gracefulness, and integration into the area of the Golden Horn, it's unlikely a "fix" could be made to make the bridge more attractive. Only time will tell if the bridge blends in well and is accepted by Istanbulites.