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Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

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Impressive Roman monument.

The remaining part of the main aqueduct of Byzantine times. You can see it best, while you travel around the city by taxi.

Reviewed 3 February 2017
Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

The remaining part of the main aqueduct of Byzantine times. You can see it best, while you travel around the city by taxi.

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Built as part of a 200 mile system to supply water to the city, this is an impressive sight, with modern day roads running through it, there are good views from both sides and a nice park on the city side

Thank Andrew R
Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

İstanbul'un en eski su kemeri olan Bozdoğan Kemeri 19. yüzyıl sonlarına kadar kente su taşımayı sürdürmüştür. / Valens Aqueduct, which is the oldest aqueduct in Istanbul, continued to supply water for the city until the end of the 19th century.

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Newtown, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 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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Reviewed 20 May 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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Reviewed 19 May 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 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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Reviewed 28 April 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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Reviewed 24 April 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 April 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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