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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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Roman Aqueduct

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2015
Mumbai (Bombay), India

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

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.

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 

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

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.

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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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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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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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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