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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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  • August 18, 2017
    The environment is very safe drğil. I think I'd say go. Do not go. Do not go alone at night. Thank you for money.
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  • July 27, 2017
    There is nothing to do there. While in the car, you can see part of the ancient wall and a canal or aqueduct nearby. It's good to take some photos only.  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    Relatively disappointing, even if its antiquity can justify a glance, at least if your steps lead you to the Sarachane Park (next to the mosque of the princes)
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  • June 15, 2017
    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.
  • September 24, 2016
    It's very beautiful but unfortunately when I visited the aquaduct it was covered in a big red banner blocking the view.
  • December 1, 2015
    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!
  • November 19, 2016
    Incredibly well maintained roman landmark in the magnificent Istanbul.
  • August 8, 2015
    Going through this never gets old. Beautiful.

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