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Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

near Ataturk Av. and Sahsade mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #80 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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177 reviews 177 reviews
69 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

The Valens Aqueductis a Roman aqueduct which was the major water providing system to istanbul. It was completed by Roman Emperor Valens in the late 4th century AD. It's now one of the important landmarks of istanbul city. It's not accessible now from the top but you can watch it from the street. In some parts of the Aqueduct, there... More

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Adana, Turkey
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122 reviews 122 reviews
84 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I've seen many aquaducts while living in Turkey, and this one takes the cake. Not only for it's immense size and well preservation that all it's arches are still intact, but the fact that a modern day busy freeway flows right through it's arches is astonishing to me. It's a crazy blend of Antiquity meets contemporary! A must see sight... More

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Haifa, Israel
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There isn't much I can say about this, I happened upon it by mistake :P I was walking to the grand Bazar after finishing my sightseeing at Faih mosque and I saw it on my way and I thought it was worth taking a picture near, the structure is so lovely I liked it, but my friends didn't wanna stop... More

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Wellington, NZ
11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Recent reviews report that the view from the top is good. However as of August 2014 the access point to climb the aqueduct on the south east end is now blocked with an iron fence and barbed wire. There seems to be an area of construction at this end. Gone are the days of free access it appears.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Valens Aqueduct is a cool facet of Istanbul. There's not much to see, but the site is unique for a city of 20 million people. Marvel in it, take pictures, but then head on to other sites. I hate to give it an average rating, but for Istanbul, it really is average!

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Sao Bernardo Do Campo, SP
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

That's a really nice place to visit in Istanbul, interesting and, once you go up the stairs, you have nice views of the city - not the best ones, but still nice.

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New York City
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The structure is impressive but not as close to the other major sites - if you have extra time it is well worth the visit. There is also a park on one side and a quaint neighborhood street on the other. Down the center at it's highest is a major thoroughfare and shows how the city grew in its shadow.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Like the city walls this aquaduct is in good condition and has quite a presence while approaching old Istanbul !

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have a fascination with the idea of aqueducts. To think, most are thousands of years old!!! So, while in Istanbul, we decided to walk our way to see it. Passing the Grand Bazaar and University, it seemed like we would never get there. Just as we were about to give up, lo and behold, there it was. Behind it,... More

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Hong Kong
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51 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

1800 years and counting, yet still very much standing. It is a little out of the way, but not far from Istanbul University. Great views from the top. Whether this too will be gentrified and then opened for a fee is hard to tell - get to see it while it is free.

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