Mağlova Aqueduct

Maglova Arch (Malova) or Muallakkemer is an aqueduct built by Mimar Sinan over the valley of Alibey Creek between 1554-1562 in Istanbul. Some claim that the name Maglova Aqueduct, which is also recognized as the most magnificent of all aqueducts, comes from the words Mongol Agha. It was damaged by floods in 1563, but was repaired and restored in the same year. The reservoir water of Alibeyköy dam covers a quarter of the structure. The aqueduct is still actively carrying water to Istanbul. The water flow from the canal on the upper part of the aqueduct is clearly visible. This building is a masterpiece of world water architecture. Also known as the Suleymaniye of Aqueducts, it is among of the most important works of Mimar Sinan. The Mağlova aqueduct is five kilometers from Kemerburgaz. Located in the northwest of the Manglava meadow, the aqueduct is 36 meters high, 258 meters long and has two levels. On the lower level of the aqueduct there are eight large compartments, on the upper level there are eight small compartments. Four of the compartments on the lower level are larger than the other four. Their width is 18.4 meters, while the width of the four middle compartments on the upper floor is 13.4 meters. Decrease in water flow during summer months unveils the aqueduct with all its glory. In 2005, 5,000 pieces of Maglova Aqueduct Commemorative Coins were minted to recognize, yet humbly, the significance of the aqueduct. There are two alternatives for transportation: The aqueduct can be reached via the Cebeci Village of the Sultangazi District. You can reach the aqueduct by following the road on the left side and through the sand quarries, without entering Cebeci Village. Past the car park, the aqueduct is roughly a thirty-minutes walk away. And I must say that it is a very nice path for walking. The second alternative is via Kemerburgaz-Göktürk. With this alternative, you will need to walk through the forest after you park your car.