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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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We made a stop here on our return from Chora museum. Worthwhile stop to see another sliver of history and walk around the park.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

These aqueducts stick out like a sore thumb, but are good as a reference point if you get a little turned around. They are rather well maintained considering they go into a residential community and have a few roads going through their archways. There are a few lovely parks near them and it is worth a couple pictures and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We made a stop here on our return from Chora museum. Worthwhile stop to see another sliver of history and walk around the park.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A bit lost in the city on the Ataturk Boulevard. We went from the Süleymaniye Mosque to the Aqueduct by walking the shortest path. The vicinity of on that path looks poor and not always; the impression we had was that it was not so secure. Besides that the aqueduct is a nice architectural and engineering landmark... that could deserve... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A great example of a Roman Aqueduct built by the Emperor Valens. It is well preserved and was still in use by the Ottomans. It has a main road running through its arches today. It makes you wonder about all the changes that have gone on in Istanbul in the 1200 years since the aqueduct was built. A fantastic piece... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

An interesting site and probably not that often visited. A little off the beaten track but take in the university and mosques on the way. Interesting information boards and worth a visit if you've done everything else.

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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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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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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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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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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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