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Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

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Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

300 Reviews
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near Ataturk Av. and Sahsade mosque, Istanbul Turkey
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Ginges_revenge wrote a review Oct 2020
Brisbane, Australia1,976 contributions232 helpful votes
Very good but a little hard to find. It is a marvelous piece of Roman engineering and amazing that it is still standing. Well worth the effort to find and have a look.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Peter J wrote a review Mar 2020
Chichester, United Kingdom418 contributions158 helpful votes
This is an impressive piece of Roman engineering that allowed water to be sent into Constantinople. It is rather off the beaten track but worth the short walk from the main sites of the city
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Darren_C_Thomas wrote a review Nov 2019
Brisbane, Australia855 contributions155 helpful votes
The Valens Aqueduct is a wonderful reminder of how great Constantinople was at its peak. Built in the 4th Century AD, the aqueduct was maintained by both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires meaning that it has been well preserved over the Millennia and remains so today. For those interested in Roman history it is well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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stinkwink wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia7,331 contributions1,586 helpful votes
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The nearly 1 km long aqueduct bridge is part of a system that brought water from the 240 km away Thrace to Constantinople. The name comes from Emperor Valens, who reigned in 373 AD when the Aqueduct started to work and continued till the 18th century. So it was in working order and functioned for nearly 1400 years. How much modern structure will be able to do the same thing? The nearly 30m high arches can be seen from far away. These Romans knew what they were doing. I love to look up the remaining pieces of evidence of their precise job all over Europe. The roads that still better sometimes than the newly built ones, the aqueducts, the amphitheaters, structures praising the knowledge of their engineers. Valens Aqueduct was a must-see for me. Though it is easily approachable with M2, if you get off at Vezneciler metro station and from there stroll a short while, we used a long way. After visiting Suleymaniye Mosque, we walked downhill and continued to walk till we reached our aim. For a while, we walked parallel to the bridge and crossed underneath on Atatürk Boulevard. On the other side, the arched bridge is more impressive because the buildings don’t interrupt the sight. Even if the Aqueduct does not carry water anymore but rather speeding cars are running in between the arches, looking at it is easy to dream yourself back to thousands of years earlier.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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MarkC8888 wrote a review Oct 2019
Rouse Hill, Australia269 contributions16 helpful votes
A triumph of Roman engineering city building. This made cities possible in ancient times. So much has been taken a recycled over the centuries it is good to see a double decker segment. Parking is difficult as with any old city.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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