Don’t look down! Nail-biting snaps of daredevils teetering on the edge of dangerously high bridge

Pavel Smirnov and his friend on top of the top of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

Pavel Smirnov and his friend on top of the top of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

Don’t look down! These nail-biting snaps of daredevils teetering on the edge of a dangerously high bridge to take a SELFIE will make your stomach churn.

Fearless Pavel Smirnov, from Istanbul, Turkey, climbed up to the top of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge – the tallest building in Turkey, and the second tallest bridge in the world.

Daring Pavel and his pal dangled precariously over the edge of the 350m high bridge, looking like they were on the edge of the world as they sat high above the clouds.

The duo happily risked their lives as they scaled dizzying heights to reach the top of the bridge – all so they could snap the ultimate selfie.

Pavel Smirnov climbing the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

Pavel Smirnov climbing the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

Pavel, 21, said: “I’ve always climbed smaller buildings, but when I heard about this bridge being built I set myself a challenge to climb it once it was complete and get a selfie.

“We entered the bridge at night, because during the day there are security people around.

“It was freezing cold, but I was determined to complete the challenge and that helped me get through.

Pavel Smirnov and his friend on top of the top of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

Pavel Smirnov and his friend on top of the top of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

“Parts of the crane were covered in machinery oil – this scared us a bit, in case we slipped and fell off, but it wasn’t going to stop us after getting so far.

“When we finally got to the top it was worth it, we had an absolutely spectacular view.

“Once we snapped our amazing selfie on top of the bridge, we had to get down quick before we got caught by the crane operator – luckily we missed him with a couple of minutes to spare.

“The feeling at the top was amazing – we were so high up everything looked like ants.

Pavel Smirnov climbing the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

Pavel Smirnov climbing the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

“As we watched the sun rise I felt a great rush – watching the world go on from above is just epic.

“I loved every moment of it.

“I find freedom when I am on top of a building, so close to the sky – my soul always wants to go even higher.”