The Golden Horn (Turkish: Altın Boynuz or Haliç; Ancient Greek: Χρυσόκερας, Chrysókeras; Latin: Sinus Ceratinus) is a major urban waterway and the primary inlet of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. As a natural estuary that connects with the Bosphorus Strait at the point where the strait meets the Sea of Marmara, the waters of the Golden Horn help define the northern boundary of the peninsula constituting "Old Istanbul" (ancient Byzantium and Constantinople), the tip of which is the promontory of Sarayburnu, or Seraglio Point. This estuarial inlet geographically separates the historic center of Istanbul from the rest of the city, and forms a horn-shaped, sheltered harbor that in the course of history has protected Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and other maritime trade ships for thousands of years.
While the reference to a "horn" is understood to refer to the inlet's aerial silhouette, the significance of the designation "golden" remains more obscure, with historians believing it to refer to either the riches brought into the city through the bustling historic harbor located along its shores, or to romantic artistic interpretations of the rich yellow light blazing upon the estuary's waters as the sun sets over the city. Its Greek and English names mean the same, while its Turkish name, Haliç, simply means "estuary", and derives from the Arabic word khaleej, meaning "gulf".
Iqbal Rafat | May 19, 2018
What a historic place. Commercial hub since ages. Many civilizations have thrived here. Hundred of boats and ferries plying their trade from European side to the Asian side. Very peaceful despite thousands of tourists and locals. Cool weather generally on the European side. Visit islands.
Mansoor Ali | Jul 17, 2018
Trip of Boaphorous at night is awesome
Joseph Gorman | Apr 3, 2018
Take the Golden Horn Ferry from Karakoy up to Balat and wander around the narrow streets stopping off at one of the many cute cafes. It’s also a very nice walk back to Karakoy or Sultanahmet.
Waad Alayan | Mar 18, 2018
Great to walk on the area , in some point you will be able to see part of Europe and Asia, I forget to mention that From the Galata bridge you can have view for the hagia Sophia, the topkabi and the galata tower ! So it's a special place
Mohammad Jallad | Jul 6, 2018
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