Friday, December 16, 2016


Kemerburgaz, Eyüp - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°10'08.8"N 28°56'13.7"E / 41.169111, 28.937139

Pasadere Aqueduct / Kemerburgaz - Eyup photo pasadere_aqueduct118.jpg


Paşadere (Evvelbent) Aqueduct between Bahçeköy and Kemerburgaz is one of the most important parts of Kırkçeşme Water Facility. Today it is in a rather good situation. It was built by Sinan the Architect in 1563 - 1564. The aqueduct, whose original name was Balıklızade, was later called Paşa because it takes water from the Paşa stream nearby. At 102 m in length, 16.4 meters in height the width of each of the aqueduct’s thirteen bays is 5 meters.

Because it was part of the Kırkçeşme Water Works system, it has been well preserved and remains intact today. Unfortunately, due to heavy foliage surrounding the area, especially during summer time, only a small portion of the Aqueduct is readily visible.

Follow the lush, green road that leads from Sarıyer Bahçeköy towards Kemerburgaz. The first aqueduct you will see that is Sinan’s work, is the Pashadere Aqueduct.  If you have set upon this journey during summer months, you will be able to view only a small portion of this structure through the greenery.  Passing underneath the aqueduct, the road will take you to the center of Kemerburgaz.

Driving on the asphalt road from Kemerburgaz, you can easily reach two other aqueducts : Uzun Aqueduct and Kovuk (Bent) Kemer. You can find the Kovuk Kemer by taking a left turn from central Kemerburgaz. It is on the Kemerburgaz-Hasdal road.

This is one of the 33 aqueducts that take place within Kırkçeşme Water Supply System. The goal was to bring water from Belgrad Forest and Kemerburgaz to Eğrikapı cellar, over Eyüp. Paşadere aqueduct, also known as Evvelbent was constructed by Architect Sinan during the period of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.

The Kırkçeşme Water Supply System was divided into two branches on the water conveyance line. Paşadere Aqueduct is located on the eastern side of this organization. Incidental to the increase of population, Sultan Süleyman wanted to bring water from the north of the city, which is known as Belgrad Forests area, to fulfill the needs for water in the city.

As a fragment of Kırkçeşme Water System, the structure has survived in a good condition and well preserved up to now. However due to heavy foliage surrounding the area, especially during summer time, only a small portion of the Aqueduct is readily visible.


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