Asian Side is the eastern half of the city of Istanbul, located east of Bosphorus and geographically on the Asian mainland.
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The Bosphorus Bridge (The 15 July Martyrs Bridge)
The Bosphorus Bridge is one of two suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait, connecting Europe and Asia. The bridge is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side).
Üsküdar is a large and densely populated district and municipality of Istanbul, on the Anatolian shore of the Bosphorus. The district of Üsküdar is one of Istanbul’s oldest-established residential areas. It is directly opposite the old city of Eminönü and transport across the Bosphorus is easy by undersea tunnel, boat or bridge.
The Beylerbeyi Palace (Beylerbeyi meaning “Lord of Lords”) is in the Beylerbeyi neighborhood of Istanbul, at the Asian side of the Bosphorus. It was an Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s, it is now situated immediately north of the Bosphorus Bridge. Beylerbeyi Palace was commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz and built between 1861 and 1865 as a summer residence and a place to entertain visiting heads of state.
Çamlıca is a hill in Üsküdar district of Istanbul, situated on the Asian part of the city at 268 m (879 ft) above sea level, Çamlıca Hill has a panoramic view of the southern part of Bosphorus and the mouth of Golden Horn. The hill is a popular visitor attraction. There are historical-designed teahouses, cafes and a restaurant inside a public park with monumental trees, flower gardens and fountains, run by the Metropolitan Municipality.
Boasting the status of an Istanbul landmark, Maidens Tower or Leander’s Tower, is built up on a rock facing Üsküdar at the mouth of the Bosphorus. According to the myth narrated by the Roman poet Ovid, young Leander fell in love with Hero, a priestess devoted to Aphrodite, and swam to the island to join her every night. However, one evening the light of the lighthouse was extinguished by storm and Leander drowned in the dark waters of the strait. The next day Hero found her lover’s corpse and, filled with grief, commited suicide. The story, originally based in the Dardanelles, found its way into Istanbul mythology in the 18th century. Ever since then, the tower has been called Leander’s Tower in Western literature. This tower has been in service as a lighthouse, a watchtower, a traffic control center and a prison in its lifetime and after it’s restoration now it is open as a several flats tower for tourist attraction. an observation terrace, gift store, a small Bosphorus Museum, tea/coffee house and restaurant.
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