Turkey opens Çanakkale bridge connecting Europe, Asia

Ankara: The world’s longest bridge connecting Europe and Asia has been inaugurated in Turkey. According to Turkey Urdu, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated the world’s largest bridge over the sea in Istanbul on the occasion of the Chanak Fortress War of Independence.

On the occasion, Turkish President Erdoğan said that the bridge would generate approximately 5.48 billion for Turkey annually, along with providing employment opportunities to nearly 118,000 people and increasing national income by up to 2.6 billion.

Turkey’s Çanakkale bridge, also known as the Dardanelles bridge, was built in 1915. It has recently been rebuilt in collaboration with Turkish and South Korean companies and is estimated to be the longest suspension bridge with an estimated cost of 2.8 billion. 

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The length of the newly renovated Çanakkale bridge is 4.6 km, the construction work for which was started back in 2017. According to estimates, 5,000 workers were involved in its construction. 

It is pertinent to note that the 90 minutes (1.5 hours) journey from Anatolia to Gallipoli, by Ferry, will be now completed in six minutes. During the inaugural ceremony, President Erdoğan said, “Turkey has overtaken Japan, which has the longest bridge in the world in terms of the midspan, and has taken the first place”.

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According to experts, its architecture is highly symbolic with its central span estimated at 2,023 meters (roughly 6,637 feet) in honor of the year 2023 when Turkey will celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Turkish Republic, in the wake of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Meanwhile, it is estimated to be almost 1,043 feet (roughly 318 meters) in height, to commemorate soldiers killed during the Battle of Gallipoli. According to ourquadcities.com, the inauguration has been timed to coincide with Turkey’s naval victory in World War I. 

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