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Ayvansaray water column (Ayvansaray Su Terazisi)

At the intersection of Ayvansaray and Hachu the Usra Park Yola (на карте) there is an acient construction of Ottoman's water supply system - Ayvansaray water column. Water for urban needs was collected in huge underground tanks on high ground, from where through a network of clay pipes was down to the sources (fountains) in urban's blocks.

Ayvansaray water column (Ayvansaray Su Terazisi)

Columns such as this served to control the head portion of the valve of the water supply - water under pressure coming up the channel inside the column and poured through the holes, arranged at different heights. Thus, excessive pressure was relieved, which prevented the rupture of pipes.

Ayvansaray water column (Ayvansaray Su Terazisi)