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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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  • Since I expected probably more me. First a long walk until I was at the aqueduct and then I must recognize that multiple road tracks through the aqueduct go through. Really visit and admire not the object due to the traffic you unfortunately can. I would have liked a bridge that goes parallel to the aqueduct at eye level. I've seen but I haven't seen it, I would have missed nothing.
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  • Valens aqueduct known as Fatihte standing since Roman times, located Devlin is an aqueduct used during the Ottoman period. The glamour between Aksaray and unkapani road crossing under the Arch of traffic flows, the beauty fascinates with hazinelerimizden. If you ever find your way and it is safe to visit the Bazaar and food under the floor of a beautiful day.
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  • 2000 years ago the Romans to take care of the quality of water in Constantinople. In the Rome water from any fountain in the Centre, you can drink and now! Aqueduct of hundreds of years ago firmly "fits" into a panorama of the second "the eternal city" (now Istanbul). Not only is the unique monument of architecture, culture and engineering, but also one of the symbols of Istanbul and a landmark for tourists. Example: Fatih Mosque (left, before the Aqueduct); Taksim Square (at Aqueduct), etc. by Vladimir d., g. Krasnodar, Russia
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