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“Nice to see that it is being preserved !”

Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)
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Ranked #73 of 1,165 things to do in Istanbul
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

I wouldn't call it a must-see in Istanbul, unless of course you are an aqueduct aficionado ;-)

It's OLD and it's WELL-preserved. Most cities in the world would have torn it down to allow wider lanes for the busy road that crosses under the aqueduct.
It is refreshing and nice to see that the city of Istanbul proved to have more sense than that !

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Structure still standing to date .Coming out of sehzade mosque on there is beautiful park from where one gets a good view of aqueducts

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

I don’t know why it’s not advertised well . It blows my mind every time I see this engineering masterpiece....
It’s how water was distributed to the city back in time ... I’ve walked here twice last week on my ten day trip to Istanbul. Once after visiting the beautiful Süleymaniye Mosque ( about 10-15 minute walk down hill )... And once after visiting Fatih Mosque and Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque in Fatih centre .
The aqueduct is in the middle of a heavy traffic and makes you wonder how it looked or worked back in time...
On one side the lovely Zeyrek church ( turned into Mosque), definitely worth a visit, red brick building , you can not miss it . When you walk down , enter the tomb adjacent to the aqueduct, from inside amazing photo ops ...
On other side of the Valens is the Şehzade Mosque also well worth a visit...
This area is off the tourist track but should well be on top of anyone’s visit to Istanbul... It’s all walking distance once you get your bearings....
Also lovely views if you happen to be in the car ... I can not get enough of this place.
Highly recommend it if you’re in the area and have a spare day in Istanbul...

Date of experience: October 2017
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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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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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.

Date of experience: July 2017
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