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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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out of the touristy parts

We had been walking around Istanbul for a few days and had not been to this section. We noticed it highlighted on a map so we thought we would go for a walk as my husband wanted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2016
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Newtown, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We had been walking around Istanbul for a few days and had not been to this section. We noticed it highlighted on a map so we thought we would go for a walk as my husband wanted see it as we don't have these in Australia. It was worthy of the walk. It is out of the touristy parts of... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Some 1600 yeras ago this was a Roman aqueduct, a masterpiece of the Roman engineering. Originally it was 250 km long to carry water. Today this is only a part on two leveles remained, but it is stil very impressive.

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Matamoras, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This stones and brick Valens Aqeduct (Bozdogan Kemeri) was built over 1,648 years ago by the Roman emperor Valens in 368AD. It was completed 169 years before the iconic Hagia Sophia (537AD) by Justinian I. The aqueduct supplied water to the city of Constantinople (present Istanbul). It is one part of a broader system of aqueducts and canals that extended... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Out of the way but easy to find is this 4th century marvel of Roman engineering. It is located close to a quaint little food market and a pleasant park. Although we were told we could walk on top of the 30 m high structure, that is not the case; not legally that is. In a side street kids manage... More 

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Shenley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

How this Roman Aqueduct has stood for 1600 yrs defies logic. It is not in the main tourist area but if you have time just carry on walking from the Grand Bazaar for only 10 minutes.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

How good were the Romans at building - seriously 4th century 2 tiered aqueduct and even today it spans a road with cars, buses and trucks driving through the arches. An easy walk along the shore and then up a gentle slope on Ataturk Blvd from the spice market

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Doesn't usually come up on the list of things to do in Istanbul but was beautiful to see it and explore areas around it . Such a historic structure needs more prominence but can easily be lost in a City like Istanbul

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

It is featured in all travel pictures when you are travelling to Istanbul, however not many actually go to it. Most just passed by. It is a nice monument to look with awe and take pictures with. I actually went closer and touched it. A good experience

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Mugla, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The colossal two tier Aqueduct of Valens straddles the chaotic traffic that converges at Şehzadebaşi Cad: Macar Kardesler Cadd: and Atatürk Bulvari. Construction began under Emperor Constantine the Great and was completed in 378AD by Emperor Valens, to bring water to Eğrikapi, Kaligaria Gate, located on the northwest side of the peninsula, from todays modern town of Vize, 250Km from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016 via mobile

The Valens Aqueduct is outside the typical tourist spots in Istanbul in the Fatih area. It's worth a look, particularly when watching cars drive under this ancient waterway. There's a nice park along one side, Fatih Anik Parki.

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