Istanbul, Valens Aqueduct
Valens Aqueduct has always been one of the most important structures of Istanbul. It is located in Atatürk Bulvari, and what we can admire today are its remains.
It was built on orders of the Roman Emperor Constantine, and the project was completed only in 378 AD, during the reign of Emperor Valens. The aqueduct was the first of the city, and, during medieval period, represented the only structure which provided water to the inhabitants of the city. This underlines the great importance of the structure for Istanbul, and the lifestyle’s changements related to its costruction. The building contributed also to change the city, where were built many canals and underground tanks, to ensure the correct functioning the aqueduct.
It is composed by two rows of arches; the first is made of stone. You can still amire the elevated section, which originally was a mile long, though now there are only 800 meters away.
Book your hotel and visit the Valens Aqueduct in Istanbul!