Turkey is planning to build a bridge across the famed Dardanelles strait to help ease traffic congestion in Istanbul -- the home of the Patriarch of Constantinople, who is the head of the world's 350 million Greek Orthodox Christians -- the Yahoo News website reports today (November 22, 2014).
The Dardanelles -- which separate Europe and Asia -- were last bridged by Xerxes the Great, the Persian "king of kings" in 480 BC on his way to wage war against Greece at Thermopylae.
"We are planning to construct a new bridge across the Dardanelles strait," Transport Minister Lutfi Elvan said in an interview with Turkish television on November 20.
The Dardanelles lead into the Sea of Marmara which then goes into the Bosphorous in Istanbul itself. The waterway is three-quarters of a mile wide at its narrowest point. The new bridge will be about 30 miles long.