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Turkey: The first bridge in Dardanelles was inaugurated


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THE Turkey inaugurated today the longest suspension bridge worldwidewhich was built over their straits Dardanelles (northeast), natural border between Europe and Asia.

The “Canakkale Bridge 1915”, 4,608 km long and 2,023 km long (distance between the two pillars), is the first to extend this almost 60 km sea passage that connects the Aegean Sea with the Marmara Sea.

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The workworth a total of 2.5 billion euros, is added to the other three bridges in Istanbul that connect the two continents and will allow the connection of Eastern Thrace with Anatolia bypassing Istanbul.

The Grand opening coincide with the anniversary of the naval victory of the Ottoman forces on March 18, 1915 against the allies in the Battle of Dardanelles (or the Battle of Gallipoli as it is also called).

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The battles, which lasted until January 1916, led to the victory of the Ottoman Empire against the British and French troops.

THE bridge “This is a way to keep the memory of the Canakkale martyrs alive,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech today.

In addition to this bridge, the Turkish president has overseen since he took power – first as prime minister from 2003 to 2014, then as president – the construction of a tunnel under the Bosphorus in Istanbul, a third bridge over the Bosphorus and a huge airport.

THE Erdogan It also began construction in June on the Istanbul Canal project, a giant 45-kilometer canal parallel to the Bosphorus, which was criticized by the opposition and environmentalists.

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