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1913 Turkey 20 Para coin pendant Galata Bridge token Istanbul Turkish Yeni Camii Harbiye Zeytinburnu Eminönü Ottoman muslim arabic n001599

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Turkey 20 Para Galata Bridge token 2S

front: Ottoman star, Şehremaneti

20 para
Köprü müruriyesi


The toll was collected until May 31, 1930.
This 20-para token was valid for "backpacker animals". They circulated as money as well.

It's the toll fare you pay when you cross Galata Bridge, which is a brigde that connects 2 districts, Eminönü to Galata, the Muslim part (Eminönü) to the Non-Muslim part (Galata). Galata is an anciant settlement, originally settled by Italian levantens in early 1100's. It was autonomous until 1700's,and had his own ruler, called "Voivoda of Galata". Today, Galata is an old town district, very touristic indeed.
Yes, the word "Voivoda" is borrowed from Balkans, back then rulers of semi-autonom regions inside Ottoman Empire called "Voivodas". The naming tradition dates back to 1400's, when the Ottomans have both ally voivodas and enemy voivodas in the Balkans.
The old wooden Galata Brigde got burned down in 1992. A new, steel and metal brigde is made to replace it, since it is in a vital, busy traffic section of Istanbul. Cars coming from Eminönü and Aksaray have to cross it to get to Taksim, Beyoglu and Galata. It has a twin brigde, called Unkapani Brigde too, to relieve traffic.

The Galata Bridge was a symbolic link between the traditional city of Istanbul proper, site of the imperial palace and principal religious and secular institutions of the empire, and the districts of Galata, Beyoğlu, Şişli and Harbiye, where a large proportion of the inhabitants were non-Muslims and where foreign merchants and diplomats lived and worked. As Peyami Safa wrote in his novel, Fatih-Harbiye, a person who went from Fatih to Harbiye via the bridge set foot in a different civilization and a different culture. Apart from its place in fiction, the romantic appearance of the Galata Bridge made it the subject of many paintings and engravings.

• quantity 1
• demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Brass coin
• diameter: 18.7 mm
• weight: 1.58 g

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