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Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

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Address: near Ataturk Av. and Sahsade mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ancient Roman Structure

An impressive piece of Roman architecture and engineering. Constructed to supply the ancient city of Constantinople with water it is amazing to see how much of it has survived.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
SF, California

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The stone archways of the aqueduct towering over the traffic of Ataturk Blvd in the middle of the Fatih district is a dramatic collision of ancient and modern Istanbul. The remains of this 4th century engineering achievement are best viewed from where Macar Kardesler Cd and Sehzadebasi Cd pass over Ataturk Blvd. Visitors can get up close to the ruins... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An impressive piece of Roman architecture and engineering. Constructed to supply the ancient city of Constantinople with water it is amazing to see how much of it has survived.

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The remains of the old Roman aqueduct are still impressive. The Romans were great engineers and this is another example of that. This one was built in the 4th century.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Nowadays you can see only the remains of an ancient stone water system. It is really an imposing structure where underneath it there is a big road passing. There is a park next to it, so you can seat there drink coffee, relax and have a nice view of the Aqueduct

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This 4th century aqueduct was built to provide water from the Belgrade forest area west of the city to Constantinople. The aqueduct was built gradually sloping eastwards, bridging a valley like gap between two elevated areas about a kilometre apart. Today the aqueduct still stands, at least three fourth of it with roads through it's arches. It's an interesting structure.

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Tbilisi, Dushet'is Raioni, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Our hotel was near the aqueduct, so I saw it constantly for five days - never failed to impress me. It's one of the oldest ruins in Istanbul as I know, and it stands out among the modern buildings and a large road passing under it. There's a nice park next to is where you can rest and admire the... More 

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Wilton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

We may not have taken the most direct route from the Old Historical District out to the "real" Istanbul, we used the tram. Once we spotted the Aqueduct we went toward it. We came to a park with a monument of a Sultan on a horse with holy men studying and Janiseries all in bronze on a pink marble background.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Not many are aware of this ancient structure. The locality beyond the aqueduct is however an eyeopener. No tourists there. Just local people going about their daily tasks.. And the aqueducts stand as a testimony for all the happenings around it from hundreds of years... There is a nice park at the corner with a lovely statue of Sultan Amhet.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Dating from the 4th century this aqueduct is only a short walk from major sights such as Beyazit Sq and Sulemaniye Mosque. While you may end up driving past it anyways, it's worth coming here just for this...there is a nice park there where you can sit and have some street food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A good example of an aqueduct system built by Romans long ago and used then by ottomans. It arches have main roads running through them, and the drastically changing views of the city as you go through these arches and beyond make one feel like these are gates to different world beyond...

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