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“Impressive even 1800 years after it was built”

Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

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 side

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Reviewed 17 September 2016

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 the city until the end of the 19th century.

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Reviewed 20 July 2016

We had been walking around Istanbul for a few days and had not been to this section. We noticed it highlighted on a map so we thought we would go for a walk as my husband wanted see it as we don't have these in Australia. It was worthy of the walk. It is out of the touristy parts of the city but worth the walk.

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Reviewed 20 May 2016

Some 1600 yeras ago this was a Roman aqueduct, a masterpiece of the Roman engineering. Originally it was 250 km long to carry water. Today this is only a part on two leveles remained, but it is stil very impressive.

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Reviewed 19 May 2016

This stones and brick Valens Aqeduct (Bozdogan Kemeri) was built over 1,648 years ago by the Roman emperor Valens in 368AD. It was completed 169 years before the iconic Hagia Sophia (537AD) by Justinian I. The aqueduct supplied water to the city of Constantinople (present Istanbul). It is one part of a broader system of aqueducts and canals that extended over 250 Kms (156 miles) in length. The longest such water delivery system in history. In the city the water was stored in three open reservoirs and over a hundred underground cisterns, like the Basilica Cistern, with an approximate total capacity of over 1 million cubic meters (264 ml gallons). Originally it was 971m (3,186ft) in length, presently 50 meters less, height 29m (95ft), width 4m (13ft).
The aqueduct has two levels of archways and the Ataturk Boulevard passes through its lower arches. We visited the much less visited but charming and beautiful Sheazadebasi and Fatih camiis (mosques) and walking along Sehzadebasi Cd there is an overpass above Atartuk Boulevard, before it becomes Macar Kardesler Cd. This sidewalk along the overpass is an excellent vantage point to see a panoramic view of this huge wide structure.
From our hotel, Grand Hotel Gulsoy, we walked and visited these two mosques, the Valens Aqueduct, Fatih Anit Park, stopping for lunch which made it a leisurely three to four-hour half-day excursion. Worth consideration and we certainly enjoyed it.

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