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Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

Address: near Ataturk Av. and Sahsade mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #83 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks

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Palermo, Italy
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397 reviews 397 reviews
345 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

One of the most interesting spots in Istanbul, given that it is one of the not so many left in order to remind and appreciate the Roman origin of Istanbul. Definetely worth to see!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Valens Aqueduct served as a part of Istanbul’s huge water supply system during Byzantine and Ottoman times. Aqueduct link third and fourth hills of Istanbul and carried water from different sources to cisterns located around Imperial Palace in Seraglio. It was constructed in 368 AD during the reign of Emperor Valens. It is a bit off the beaten tourist path... More 

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NJ
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260 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is a beautifully preserved Roman aqueduct which is a little out of the central area. We happened upon it and were amazed to see it. You can imagine how it was used during ancient times and see today how traffic flows freely under it.

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Jackson, California, United States
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111 reviews 111 reviews
58 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Completed by Roman Emperor Valens in the late 4th century AD, the Valens Aqueduct is a little out of the way, but if you are wandering around Istanbul, worth checking out. It's another historic part of the ancient history of this magnificent city.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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116 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

The Valens Aqueductis a Roman aqueduct which was the major water providing system to istanbul. It was completed by Roman Emperor Valens in the late 4th century AD. It's now one of the important landmarks of istanbul city. It's not accessible now from the top but you can watch it from the street. In some parts of the Aqueduct, there... More 

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Adana, Turkey
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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I've seen many aquaducts while living in Turkey, and this one takes the cake. Not only for it's immense size and well preservation that all it's arches are still intact, but the fact that a modern day busy freeway flows right through it's arches is astonishing to me. It's a crazy blend of Antiquity meets contemporary! A must see sight... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There isn't much I can say about this, I happened upon it by mistake :P I was walking to the grand Bazar after finishing my sightseeing at Faih mosque and I saw it on my way and I thought it was worth taking a picture near, the structure is so lovely I liked it, but my friends didn't wanna stop... More 

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Wellington, NZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Recent reviews report that the view from the top is good. However as of August 2014 the access point to climb the aqueduct on the south east end is now blocked with an iron fence and barbed wire. There seems to be an area of construction at this end. Gone are the days of free access it appears.

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Ottawa
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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
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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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