Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge
First things first: Istanbul's Yavus Sultan Selim Bridge isn't the longest suspension bridge in Europe — or Asia, for that matter. It's not even the longest suspension bridge in Turkey — that honor goes to the Gulf of İzmit-spanning Osman Gazi Bridge. But with a total length of 7,100 feet and a central span measuring an impressive 4,619 feet, this combined rail-motor crossing over the Bosphorus Strait does still manage to crack the top 10. And in addition to being the world's tallest suspension bridge at a dizzying 1,056 feet and the world's widest suspension bridge, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is the only bridge on our list that links two continents. In other words, even its list of superlatives is lengthy.
Completed — and not without controversy — in 2016 as Istanbul's third suspension bridge built across the Bosphorus strait, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge carries four lanes of the Northern Marmara Motorway and a single rail line between the European district of Sarıyer and the Anatolian (Asian) district of Beykoz. The impressive span is situated just north of Istanbul's two older continent-linking suspension bridges, the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Bosphorus Bridge (aka the First Bridge), which, upon its completion in 1973, was the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world — the iconic U.S. trio of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Michigan's Mackinac Bridge were the only structures to sport longer spans at the time. In fact, the First Bridge was Asia's longest suspension bridge up until 1988 when work on the neighboring Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge was finished. Today, it's the world's 28th longest suspension bridge, beating out New York/New Jersey's double-decked George Washington Bridge, the busiest road bridge in the world, by a mere 24 feet.