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Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

near Ataturk Av. and Sahsade mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #75 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Ottawa
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79 reviews 79 reviews
61 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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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184 reviews 184 reviews
51 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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Lincolnshire, Illinois
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145 reviews 145 reviews
80 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Nice Roman ruins that cross busy Ataturk Blvd. I wouldn't go out of my way for this attraction but if you're in the area and interested in Roman ruins here you go.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I do not know the "best way" to get to this place but I will tell you how I got there. I was staying in Galta so I took the T1 tram to Aksaray station and then walked the short distance to the busy intersection at "Hasim Iscan" (Ataturk Blv) and crossed the street before making a right and walking... More

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London, United Kingdom
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179 reviews 179 reviews
66 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

It's a good 25 mins or so drive from Istanbul Central but well worth seeing this well preserved and remarkable feat of Roman engineering.

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Granada, Spain
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85 reviews 85 reviews
48 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Of course, it's a bit far away from the main tourists attractions, but this well preserved aqueduct is a treat not to lose if you are fan of Roman history and engineering feat.

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