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Bozdogan Kemeri
Valens Aqueduct
#About the Ancient Roman Aqueduct

The aqueduct Bozdogan Kemeri is an impressive and ancient aqueduct, in the past it led water to Istanbul's water reservoirs straight from the Belgrad Forest.

The aqueduct was built during the Roman period, for the city of Byzantium by the Emperor Hadrianus. The aqueduct was a part of the main water reservoir system of the Eastern Roman capital of Constintenople. It was finalized by the Roman Emperor Valens at the end of the 4th century. The Byzenites and later the Ottomans continued to use the aqueduct, and is one of a few symbols of Istanbul.

The view of the main street, as it spread between the big ancient aqueduct columns, is very impressive. It is nice to see the aqueduct ruins, a built-up section of Atatürk Boulevard, which crosses Sarachane Park.

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Bosphorus Strait
Bosphorus Strait
#The Strait that Separates Asia and Europe

The Bosphorus Strait, is the name of the strait that separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Black Sea. Istanbul is actually built along the strait beaches, which for 30 kilometers separates between Asia and Europe, letting the city enjoy both world.

One side is the Asian side, and the other side is the European side - There are not many places like this, and no place like here will physically illustrate the role that Istanbul's culture and geography has played in the history of the two continents.

The Bosphorus beaches are a mixture of contrasts, between modesty and luxury, between past and present. One on side there are many simple fishing villages, and next door a big and modern hotel. You will see the large palaces and nearby ancient fortress, usually in ruins.

Many say that a visit to Istanbul is not complete without sailing on the Bosphorus. While sailing, you can enjoy the open and fresh air, with the wonderful view. While on the river you can see the Bosphorus banks filled with villas and expensive houses, some new and modern, some old and grand. You can see a large portion of the city from here, including some of the beautiful mosques.

Notice the two fortresses on either side of the strait. These protection fortresses are called Andulo Hissari and Rumi, and they were built to collect tax from all that passed through the straits. They are worth visiting and exploring, as well as seeing the wonderful views of the surroundings and impressive city.


The best way to see the strait is from a boat sailing from Port Aminono, and sails from one beach to the next, between Asia and Europe.

There are also boats that sail with a breakfast from the Galata Bridge area. These boats stop in different and interesting places, where you can go doing from the boat, and then sail away again.

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Souk eme Sokak
Sogukçeşme Sokagi
#About the Special Ottoman Street

Right from Ahmet III's fountain next to Hagia Sophia, a small streets begins called Soğuk Çeşme Sokak. This is a paved street in an old style, with colorful houses. This street is a nice walk and peaceful trip to Topkapi and the surrounding area.

On both sides of the street you will see colorful houses called Konaklari. These are traditional Ottoman style houses, built on pedestrian walkways, paved with rocks, and gives the feeling that time has stopped. The street ends at the Gulhane metro station.

These wooden Ottoman houses were built during the 19th and 20th centuries, Back then, the neighborhood was called Hagia Sohpia, and also called Hagia Sophia Estates. Each house has two or three floors, with 4-10 doors. They were renovated in the 1880's and have become a small and protect gem in the city.

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Sultan Ahmet III emesi
Fountain of Ahmed III
#About the Ancient Fountain that was Built by the Sultan

Fountain of Ahmed III (Ш. Sultan Ahmet Çeşmesi) is a fancy fountain in the shape of a large building in the Rococo style, built right at the entrance to the Topkapi Palace.

This fountain was built by Sultan Ahmed III in 1728, to show is charity, and also as a holy place, from the Islamic point of view, a desert religion originally, the water is viewed as holy.

The fountain was built on the ruins of an ancient Byzntine well. It has extensive decorations and is covered by a neat roof.

Notice that the fountain is square shaped, with round edges poking outwards. In the walls there is a niche, decorated with calligraphy and decorations of flowers and geometric textures. Every trough is sunk in an alcove and water comes out of its faucets, into a marble basin, from which people once washed their faces and some of their bodies.

In the fountain building is also a sabil - a sort of counter where people would stand and serve glasses of water to all the passersby.

The walls of the fountains are decorated with paintings of plants, and above the arch there is a frieze decorated with an inscription with praise to the Sultan, in gold letters calligraphy. In the inscription they compare the taste of the fountain to the sweetness of the holy well in Mecca.

Note the inscription on the white marble wall in the building's wall. Here is the name of the donor and the date of construction of the fountain.

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Maiden's Tower
Maiden’s Tower
#About the Tower on the Little Island

The Maiden’s Tower is an 18th-century tower on a tiny island in the Bosphorus Straits near Istanbul.

Today there is a cafe and a restaurant in the tower, but originally a tower built in the 12th century was used to protect the city. The current tower, built of stone in 1790, was also intended for military purposes.

Legend has it that the original tower was built by Sultan, who was afraid of a dream he had dreamt, where a snake bit will kill his innocent innocent daughter. The king, determined to protect his beloved daughter, locked her in the tower. Thus, he believed, he would be able to keep her and the prophecy from coming true.

But such prophecies, at least in legends, would come to fruition. To the sorrow of the loving and protective king, a snake managed to crawl into a food basket and when the food was brought to the princess in the tower, the serpent came out of the basket and bit her. Thus died the princess imprisoned in the tower and the prophecy was fulfilled.

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