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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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  • Nice to see the construction of the Roman period Constantinople. Recommend merge to view the aqueduct with Fatih Mosque.
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  • Very impressive to see. The adjacent square is a nice place to sit on a bench to sit.
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  • 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 ...  more »
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  • 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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  • An impressive aqueduct built by emperor Valens.
  • Going through this never gets old. Beautiful.