The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge spans the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus strait. It is named after the 15th century Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, who conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453 from the Byzantine Empire.
When the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge was completed in 1988, it was the 5th longest suspension bridge span in the world. Today it has dropped in the rankings to 19th.
The bridge is also know as the Second Bosphorus Bridge following the Bosphorus Bridge built before it.