Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)

Valens Aqueduct (Bozdogan Kemeri)
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Phil Z
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apr. 2024 • Par
An impressive example of Roman engineering! There are more impressive examples of Roman aqueducts and given the vastness of Istanbul’s archaeological treasures this one barely features, but is well worth a visit is you are interested in the city’s Roman and Byzantine history. The aqueduct is easy to walk to from Sultanahmet (c10 mins from the Grand Bazaar) and is free to see. Take a wander down, sit in the park next to it or enjoy some lunch whilst sitting under its arches.
Skrevet 13. juli 2024
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Taner
Izmir, Tyrkia868 bidrag
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sep. 2023 • Alene
Information about the initial construction of Bozdoğan Arch is Not Exact. It is known that some water facilities were built in Istanbul around 123 during the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, but it is not clearly understood to what extent the Bozdoğan Aqueduct is related to these. After the City was Refounded by Konstantinos I in 300, the Facilities were also Renovated. It is generally accepted that the arch was built by the Roman Emperor Valens (364-378), and for this reason it is also called the "Valens Aqueduct". It has not yet been clarified when and on what grounds the work, which is mentioned only as Kemer in the Fatih Endowment Certificates, got its current name. The original technical features of the Bozdoğan Aqueduct, which was built with regular cut stones, can be seen in the 25 arches that have remained in the best condition. Bozdoğan Aqueduct, one of the oldest works of Istanbul, helped meet the water needs of the city during the late Roman and Byzantine periods and continued to serve as a part of the city's water network throughout the Ottoman period.
Skrevet 2. mai 2024
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Susan C
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mar. 2024 • Par
The first time we attempted to get to the Valens Aqueduct we got stuck when we tried to access it from Sarachane Park. While this does give views of the aqueduct if you actually want to get close and through it you need to cross Hasim Iscan / Ataturk Blvd into Fatih Memorial Park (the one with the flying horse). Then it is simple. As a bonus there are some colourful market shops (spices, cheeses and butchers) and some nice restaurants a little way beyond the aqueduct on the other side.

The aqueduct is quite impressive from a distance and towers above you as you traverse underneath. The fact that it spans a major highway and is nestled in amongst ordinary houses in the middle of Istanbul is amazing. It is still in good condition and free to visit.
Skrevet 1. mai 2024
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Alpaslan
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apr. 2024 • Familie
This is easily the most underrated historical site in Istanbul. I am seriously amazed that folks have given this site an average of only four stars on TripAdvisor.

The location of the Aqueduct was extremely convenient for me as a tourist. The Aqueduct is located within a few minutes walk from Vefa Bozacisi, which is the single most famous chickpea drink shop in Turkey (and a historical tourist attraction in its own right), and a few minutes walk from either Siirt Seref Buryan or Ugur Buryan, which are two of the most famous lamb meat chunk (buryan) establishments in Istanbul. So my family and I had some boza at Vefa, walked for a few minutes to the park next to the Aqueduct, took a bunch of photos, and then walked over to Ugur Buryan for lunch at 2:00pm (buryan comes out at 2:00pm).

As a standalone site, the Aqueduct itself is truly magnificent. It is one of the best Roman aqueducts I have ever seen, and it is easily comparable to the massive Roman aqueducts in Segovia, Spain or Pont du Gard, France. This is one of the Top 10 historical sites in Istanbul generally, and with respect to sites specific to the Roman Empire, it is easily one of the Top 3 along with the Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sofia.

My two boys had a ton of fun running under the arches of the Aqueduct, and they had quite a bit of fun touching the stones too. It was an awesome experience to see something so historically significant so well integrated into the daily life of the city. It was a real treat, and definitely a five-star experience.
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Ota, Japan8 228 bidrag
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mar. 2024 • Par
I took the subway and took a walk around Suidobashi, which really gave me a sense of history. It is hard to believe that it was started during the Roman Empire and completed in 378.
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starlightShanghai
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feb. 2024 • Alene
21st-century vehicles zooming through a 4th century aqueduct! An interesting incongruity. Pedestrians have to be careful in this area. Speed limits - if they even exist - are mere suggestions!
Skrevet 4. mars 2024
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feb. 2024 • Alene
This is worth a visit if you have long enough in Istanbul, it has been restored although could do with some further improvements. Having been to Pont du Gard in France where you can walk along the top and it’s more scenic, this would benefit from this type of improvement to enhance the experience. Nevertheless, it’s quite beautiful and I was pleased I had the time to see it.
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EnricoAnzio
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okt. 2023 • Par
It was the solution to provide Constantinople with water as the city had no springs. Functioning for the entire duration of the Eastern Roman Empire, it supplied the large underground cistern.
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Michael K
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nov. 2023 • Par
Not every city has a huge Roman aqueduct running through it! And it's a free attraction, too! This impressive limestone aqueduct was completed in 378AD and was part of a complex system bringing drinking water into Constantinople. It fed cisterns in the city and was in use up to the 19th century. The system is one of the greatest hydraulic engineering feats of ancient times. Today traffic runs under 4 of its arches.
Skrevet 11. desember 2023
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investigator64
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okt. 2022 • Par
Water, as we know, is the source of life. Without water, if my memory serves me correctly, a person can live only 3-4 days. Therefore, when establishing any settlement, the first issue that comes to mind is the provision of drinking water. Sea water, as you know, is somehow not very suitable for quenching thirst.
Therefore, when Constantinople was founded, providing “New Rome” with life-giving moisture was one of the first places. And then the invention of the Romans came to the aid of the Romans - aqueducts. You and I probably remember that the first “water pipeline” in Rome was built back in 312 BC by the censor Appius Claudius.
Constantinople arose in 330 AD at the instigation of Emperor Constantine I, but it took four decades and five emperors to complete one of the main stages of water supply to Constantinople!!! And this was done during the reign of Emperor Valens II, approximately in 373 AD, when the aqueduct was solemnly launched, which received the “name” of the mentioned crowned one - the Aqueduct of Valens (Bozdoğan Kemeri).
This is probably the most mega-structure in the city: the original length is about a kilometer, the height is about 25 meters. But it was the Valens Aqueduct that was the final element of an extensive system of aqueducts and canals created over decades, through which Constantinople received water from the slopes of the hills located between Kagıthane and the Sea of Marmara, stretching from the hilly regions of Thrace to the capital - with a total length of up to 250 kilometers, thereby satisfying the needs of the city in water.
By the way, this system is the largest of such systems built in ancient times!!! As for our object, it should be recognized that construction began under the city’s founder, Emperor Constantine I.
Geographically, the Valens Aqueduct connected the third hill of the city (where Istanbul University is located today) with the fourth hill (on which the Fatih Mosque now stands). According to some reports, the zealous Constantinople used stones from the walls of Chalcedon to build the aqueduct (if anyone doesn’t remember, this is an ancient Greek city that existed on the site of the current Kadikoy district of Istanbul), which was eventually almost completely stolen for building materials.
By the 12th century, just in time for the reign of Emperor Andronikos I, the viaduct was abandoned (by that time the water supply system of Constantinople had been improved and this structure had lost its original significance). We must pay tribute to the Ottomans - after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, the aqueduct was restored (though in a slightly “cut down” form, its length is currently 971 meters).
I photographed the Valens Aqueduct in the area of Ataturk Avenue - it seems to me that it turned out very well!!! By the way, in my photos you see two-tiered majestic arches under which the avenue passes. But some part of the aqueduct (taking into account the terrain) is “one-story”. But, you must admit, two aqueduct tiers look much more interesting!!! And one more very interesting point: the structure was not built using the usual and ordinary masonry method - hewn smooth stone blocks were laid without a binding mortar!!!
Only here and there are metal staples used. And so the entire viaduct is “supported” by friction and precise calculation!!! And this is a feature not only of Bozdoğan Kemeri, but also of most similar structures that have survived to this day. Highly recommend!!!
Skrevet 25. september 2023
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