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“Beautiful ruins in the middle of the bustling Istanbul traffic”

Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)
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Ranked #81 of 1,175 things to do in Istanbul
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

This aqueduct was transporting water to "the cistern" near Hagia Sophia (2 must see landmarks). The area surrounding the remains of the aqueduct is a bizarre mix of old and decrepit buildings, shops, new office buildings... Watching the traffic rushing through the pillars of the aqueduct makes imagining how the area looked in byzantine or roman times difficult, but if you stop in one of the taverns where locals eat you can get a feel of how this "mahala" looked like 100 years or so. From the aqueduct you can descent towards the bridge and there make a left towards the Misir bazaar (Spice Bazaar) - the old and dirty neighborhood is so run-down that it will probably be replaced soon with modern lofts - but has a certain charm.

Thank Octav P
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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank Abu_Firas_11
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

This is a decent nicely preserved aqueduct.
While there is not much to do near the attraction, it does provide numerous photo-ops.

Thank TheShis
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

The remaining part of the main aqueduct of Byzantine times. You can see it best, while you travel around the city by taxi.

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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

Thank Andrew R
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