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Valens Aqueduct, Istanbul

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The Valens Aqueduct is a Roman aqueduct which was the major water-providing system of the Eastern Roman capital of Constantinople . Completed by Roman Emperor Valens in the late 4th century AD, it was maintained and used by the Byzantines and later the Ottomans, and remains one of the most important landmarks of the city.Bridge section locationThe most visible bridge section of the aqueduct stands in Istanbul, in the quarter of Fatih, and spans the valley between the hills occupied today by the Istanbul University and the Fatih Mosque. The surviving section is 921 metres long, about 50 metres less than the original length. The Atatürk Bulvarı boulevard passes under its arches.HistoryRoman periodThe construction of a water supply system for the city had begun already under the Roman emperor Hadrian. Under Constantine I, when the city was rebuilt and increased in size, the system needed to be greatly expanded to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population.The Valens aqueduct, which originally got its water from the slopes of the hills between Kağıthane and the Sea of Marmara, was merely one of the terminal points of this new wide system of aqueducts and canals – which eventually reached over 250km in total length, the longest such system of Antiquity – that stretched throughout the hill-country of Thrace and provided the capital with water. Once in the city, the water was stored in three open reservoirs and over a hundred underground cisterns, such as the Basilica Cistern, with a combined capacity of over 1 million cubic meters.
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  • Looking at these pictures, think about fortresses. The aqueduct is located in Turkey, immediately drawn in the minds of the Ottomans and their controlled enormous land and State. But if you look at a modern map, you can lay a good route for Istanbul where this monument of architecture on an equal footing with other attractions such involved a different city.
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  • This aqueduct tour and look out the window, at the end. Go on, wanting to see slowly from the ruins of long-awaited finally seems to be from that chance had come. Shopping, you must be careful when crossing the road because the signal is low, but near the aqueduct bridge crowded with locals than tourists. Mosque and mausoleum, just walk. Not the tourist area where no tourists feel a taste of 10 minutes.
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  • Whether or not it is worth the bother to visit as a tourist destination until nothing as ancient monuments Istanbul modern blends into an intact?
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  • Original roman aqueduct from the years 368, built during the Constantine I and Constantine II period, but finished during the reign of the emperor Valente. It's incredible to view an structure that has endure very well time, and now fits in this modern times as a landmark. Definitely a place you must visit in Istanbul.
  • A great relic of a famous structure that was part of the supply chain for water to Constantinople. I am lucky to have seen it in all seasons and unfortunately sometimes draped in huge political banners.
  • Magnificent place
  • It's very beautiful but unfortunately when I visited the aquaduct it was covered in a big red banner blocking the view.
  • It's just an ancient wall stretchingg from one end to the other, but seeing historic remnants never bore me at all. I just love ancient remains!

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