The Golden Horn (Haliç)

The Golden Horn is the main inlet of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. It’s a natural waterway separating the European shore into two: The historic and the new part of the city.  The Turkish name of the harbor is Haliç which means “the Bay of Istanbul."

The Golden-Horn-Istanbul-Turkey

The Golden Horn is a natural harbor with a great history. It was used to protect the empire from the naval attacks.  

It secured the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires over centuries. Despite several attacks and historical incidents, the Golden Horn always worked as the solid protector for Istanbul and played a significant role in the development of the city.

Today, the shores of the harbor are packed with restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens. They are connected by several bridges. The most popular one is the Galata Bridge connecting Eminönü and Sirkeci. 

If you want to admire the Golden Horn, you better visit the Pierre Loti café to enjoy a panoramic view, go to the Galata Bridge or do a boat cruise.