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Istanbul june 2008 0931b.jpg

Istanbul june 2008 0931b.jpg

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The Valens aqueduct (elsewhere I write aquaduct, once again proving I am not a native English speaker). It dates from 375 ot thereabouts. Unlike what one can see elsewhere (Rome, for instance) the water was let into the city underground, after having been diverted from streams in the surrounding hills, and the aqueduct did not start until about where we now find Fatih Mosque. The aqueduct let it across the valley, on to approximately the Beyazit Square. There a large cistern collected it, from which it was further distributed. The aqueduct has lost only some 100 meters of its length (now 900) and at its maximum is 20 metres high.

A man stringed balloons along its side, so people can shoot at them with air guns.

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