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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.LocationThe 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 250 kilometers 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 total capacity of over 1 million cubic meters.
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  • This is the Pont du Gard was built in Roman times. I thought it was nice surprise was that old things remain not only actually see and touch the building that can be Up to the walls of Theodosius seemed obsolete, the Pont du Gard.
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  • 古蹟融入市井之中 羅馬水道橋是羅馬統治過的地區都可以見到的水利工程建築 而且都保存非常良好 有些甚至也還可以利用 這座恆況在交通要道上的水道橋目前已經沒有水力的功用 但是仍然可以想像他的偉大 
  • 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...  read more »
  • An impressive aqueduct built by emperor Valens.
  • 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!
  • Going through this never gets old. Beautiful.
  • Beautiful place
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  • 这儿距离我住过的地方(abisso)只有几步之遥,而且比较好的地方是游览这儿只需要花大概一个小时,还有它距离市会堂很近,只有几步的距离。它是这座城市的现代部分,在上面可以看到非常好的景色。你可以看到大海和整个城市的景观。
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