A double-storey Roman one built during the reign of Valens (r. 364-378) to provide the city with fresh water coming from the surrounding forests, this 921-metre long aqueduct spans the valley occupied by what is now Atatürk Boulevard (Atatürk Bulvarı), which lies in the very middle of the peninsula, connecting Aksaray with Unkapanı on the bank of Golden Horn and then Taksim Square, behind the opposite shore of Golden Horn. The aqueduct is one of the symbols of the city and it will likely welcome you to the city on your way from airport to hotel if you are going to stay around Taksim/Beyoğlu.
Valens Aqueduct and Nearby Attractions on Map
Hagia Sophia(0.5 km)
Hagia Sophia is a 6th century Orthodox patriarchal basilica that was later used as a mosque, and is today a museum.
Topkapi Palace(1.1 km)
TheTopkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624-year reign.
Galata Tower(2.3 km)
It was built by the Genoese on the city walls of Galata, then a western (Genoese/Venetian) stronghold beside eastern (Byzantine/Ottoman) Constantinople.
Soğukçeşme Street(0.5 km)
A car-free downhill cobbled street just behind Hagia Sophia, with renovated (or totally re-built) traditional wooden houses two- or three-storeys tall typical of Ottoman era, leaning against the outer wall of Topkapi Palace grounds/Gülhane Park.
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art(0.2 km)
Carpets, rugs, calligraphy, pottery.
While this partially intact marble pillar dating back to 4th century AD may seem unremarkable, it was the starting point of any distance measured within the empire during the Byzantine era, so it may be nice to think that you are in the centre of where all the roads lead to (or, rather, start from).
The Museum of Archeology(0.8 km)
A must see! One of the best, including a great collection of Sumerian tablets, pieces of the wall of Babylon and Roman marble statues.
Basilica Cistern(0.4 km)
The Basilica Cistern, also known as ‘Yerebatan Cistern’ or Sunken Cistern, is the largest of the several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath Istanbul, with a holding capacity of 80,000 m3.
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