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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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One of the oldest structures in Istanbul today

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

If you are on your way to Fatih Mosque it is impossible to miss the very long aqueduct right in the middle of normal traffic. It is really unique and interesting, don't miss it when you are in the region.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The aqueduct is truly an interesting sight to behold. It is very long and what makes it unique is the way the road cuts through the openings. However, the neighborhood behind the aqueduct is like stepping into a different world. It is rarely visited by tourists and there is almost no English (which is a plus!) Some of the locals... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It's old, it's huge, it's long. You really cannot not bump into it when walking around in Fatih. I liked especially it being part of everyday life there. Just in the middle of everything.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Its only a few steps away from the hotel i had Been ( Abisso..) and its nice to see for only about 1hour, its close to the city hall, another few steps, nice modern part of the city, which has a nice view across...you can see the sea and all the city,

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

These aqueducts stick out like a sore thumb, but are good as a reference point if you get a little turned around. They are rather well maintained considering they go into a residential community and have a few roads going through their archways. There are a few lovely parks near them and it is worth a couple pictures and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We made a stop here on our return from Chora museum. Worthwhile stop to see another sliver of history and walk around the park.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A bit lost in the city on the Ataturk Boulevard. We went from the Süleymaniye Mosque to the Aqueduct by walking the shortest path. The vicinity of on that path looks poor and not always; the impression we had was that it was not so secure. Besides that the aqueduct is a nice architectural and engineering landmark... that could deserve... More 

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