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Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

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Interesting neighborhood with authentic appeal

The Valens Aqeduct, Bozdoğan Kemeri, completed by Roman emperor Vaens in the 4th Century A.D., itself is quite amazing as the most of its original structure is standing there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
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Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

The Valens Aqeduct, Bozdoğan Kemeri, completed by Roman emperor Vaens in the 4th Century A.D., itself is quite amazing as the most of its original structure is standing there, utilized for different purposes. It's even more interesting the neighborhood east of the Aqueduct is very authentic with many butcher shops and other small stores. Also, don't forget to visit Şehzade... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

The aqueduct stands in the quarter of Fatih, and spans the valley between the hills occupied today by the Istanbul University and the Fatih Mosque. The surviving section is 921 metres long, about 50 metres less than the original length. Nothing else to see that exciting. A road leads through it to the Golden Horn

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Off the beaten path of tourist activities, the aqueduct is a fascinating bit of history in the modern city. It would be better if there could be historic markers with information added along the way but if they are there we didn't see them.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

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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SF, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

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 6, 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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