Galata Bridge spans the Golden Horn from Karakoy on the north to Old Istanbul on the south. The bridge is so busy and it seemed as if the bundled up fisherman with their chairs, buckets, packed lunches, beer, etc. were out at all times of the day.

The bridge serves as a symbolic link between the traditional city of Istanbul proper, site of the imperial palace and other tourist destinations, and the districts of Galata, Beyoglu, Şişli and Harbiye where foreign merchants and diplomats lived and worked. The bridge has been featured in Turkish literature and theater and its romantic appearance has made it the subject of many works of art.