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Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

near Ataturk Av. and Sahsade mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #84 of 642 attractions in Istanbul
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 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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174 reviews 174 reviews
47 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
77 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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175 reviews 175 reviews
65 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
40 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Istanbul, Turkey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Unfortunately, didn't get the chance to climb on top as other reviewers, but still enjoyed this attraction greatly. It is off the main touristic routes and makes a good destination for solo travelers, families and small groups. Apart from the impressive Late Roman engineering of the structure, the place is also remarkable for the authentic atmosphere of the neighborhood, pleasant... More

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Southsea, Hampshire
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37 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

for the health and safety conscious, viewing from ground level is best. However, for the adventurous, go down the hill and turn directly right and one of the local lads will offer you a chance to scale it (for a reasonable 5TL). You'll need decent trainers and a head for height. Take your camera, great views from the top.

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133 reviews 133 reviews
47 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

It is of course very nice to see this old Valens aqueduct, almost 1800 years old. That goes without saying. But the real experience is to climb the place and walk the whole piece for a fantastic view over Golden Horn and Sulemanie Mosque area. Go to the park to the right of the Valens, and as you are facing... More

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