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Valens Aqueduct, Istanbul

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The Valens Aqueduct (Turkish: Valens Su Kemeri or Bozdoğan Kemeri, meaning "Aqueduct of the Grey Falcon"; Ancient Greek: Ἀγωγὸς τοῦ ὕδατος, Agōgós tou hýdatos, meaning simply "aqueduct") is a Roman aqueduct which was the major water-providing system of the Eastern Roman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey). 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.
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  • This is an impressive piece of Roman engineering that allowed water to be sent into Constantinople. It is rather off the beaten track but worth the short walk from the main sites of the city  more »
  • The Valens Aqueduct is a wonderful reminder of how great Constantinople was at its peak. Built in the 4th Century AD, the aqueduct was maintained by both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires meaning...  more »
  • The nearly 1 km long aqueduct bridge is part of a system that brought water from the 240 km away Thrace to Constantinople. The name comes from Emperor Valens, who reigned in 373 AD when the Aqueduct....  more »
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  • Difficult to get a good photo but still worth the walk to see it. If you are in Istanbul during winter the you should be able to get a better view and photo of it as most of the trees will lose theirs leafs. There is a small local walking street to the north, well overdue of some rain to wash away the urine smell. Best to walk south towards the university as there are plenty of nice restaurants there.
  • I think most big historical places should be rated five stars, some of them are better than others, some them are over ratted so I give them less than five, but in general the artifacts now isn't that good, even tho we have the technology. About this particular place it's bridge like but in a wired way, when I asked they said it's a bridge for water, it has tunnels to move the water from one place to another, which is amazing!
  • It's impressive to see such a massive structure still so intact after over a thousand years. Definitely worth a quick view.
  • Area is well preserved and easy to reach. Gives you a general idea of acquaducts. I am not sure it is possible to observe it closely. There is a well maintained park near acquaducts.
  • Simply historical, there's not much you can do around them ... but definitely take a picture of them for the gallery... I would recommend visiting the fatih mosque and then walking towards them

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