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Aqueducts, those most triumphal examples of Roman arched architecture, have been displaying the engineering genius of the ancients for tens of centuries. These spectacular monuments
not only spanned rivers and valleys to provide Roman cities with precious drinking water, aqueducts also spanned the length and breadth of Rome
's far-flung empire. Here are 15 of the most noteworthy survivors.
The Park of the Aqueducts, Rome, Italy
It's been said that "all roads lead to Rome" but the same might be said about aqueducts. Ancient Rome had a population of just over 1 million and on hot summer days, it takes more than bread and circuses to cool off a public inflamed by a gladiatorial doubleheader at the Colosseum. During the Middle Ages, Rome's population dropped to around 30,000 – due in no small part to water shortages caused by the decay of the Eternal City's life-giving aqueducts. The remains of several of Rome's largest aqueducts can be seen, up close and personal, at The Park of The Aqueducts
A common theme of art's Romantic Age was the decline and fall of Ancient Rome. Painters such as Thomas Cole
sought to express the weight of history and the loss of wisdom embodied in the fall of Rome by painting the remnants of the Empire's largest and most visible examples of monumental architecture, the aqueducts. Above is "Roman Campagna (Ruins of Aqueducts in the Campagna di Roma)", painted by Cole in 1843.
Aqueduct of Segovia, Spain
The Aqueduct of Segovia
is one of the best-preserved Roman aqueducts in Spain. So well-built was the aqueduct and so studious its maintenance through the Middle Ages that it functioned as a viable water delivery system well into the 20th century.
The aqueduct features a total of 167 arches and the granite blocks used in its construction were assembled without the use of mortar.
The aqueduct was repaired in the year 1072 and again in the late 15th century on the orders of Spain's ruling couple, Ferdinand and Isabella. At that time it was specified that the original visual style and construction techniques be followed to the letter. Currently undergoing repair and restoration, the Aqueduct of Segovia is a valued city and state cultural landmark that showcases the vast skill of Roman engineers nearly 2,000 years ago.
Eifel Aqueduct, Koln, Germany
The Eifel Aqueduct
was built in 80 AD to provide the Roman city of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium (today's Cologne) with fresh water. The entire system stretched across 95 kilometers (59 miles) to tap springs in Germany's Eifel region. Most of the aqueduct was built underground to minimize damage, vandalism (perhaps from actual Vandals) and freezing in winter.
The few above-ground sections of the Eifel Aqueduct that remain show complex and skillful construction methods using brick and stone masonry that would not be matched in central Europe for many centuries. Curiously, medieval craftsmen would remove the calcium carbonate scale that accumulated in the inner walls of the aqueduct and reuse it as a sort of faux marble called Eifel Stone.
Pont d'Aël, Cogne, Italy
The Pont d'Aël
is a practical combination of an aqueduct and a bridge. Located near Aosta in northern Italy, the Pont d'Aël was part of a 6 km (3.7 mile) long aqueduct that brought water to the newly founded Roman farming colony of Augusta Prætoria Salassorum; today's Aosta. The original structure dates from the year 3 BC and rises 66 meters (216.5 ft) above the Aosta Valley.
Unusually, the Pont d'Aël and its associated waterworks were not financed by the state; instead the venture was privately planned and funded by Caius Avillius Caimus, a wealthy citizen from the city of Patavium (Padua).
Plovdiv Aqueduct, Bulgaria
Founded by the ancient Macedonians and named Philippopolis, today's Plovdiv
, Bulgaria was renamed Trimontium by the Romans as a nod to the three main hills that dominate the city. The Balkans as a whole were a critically important part of the Roman Empire and the regions towns and cities often hosted garrisons of legionaries to ensure invaders would be rebuffed. Trimontium was no different, and aqueducts were used to provide a secure flow of fresh water that would not be disrupted should the city fall under siege. Little is left of Trimontium's aqueduct but the short section that still stands displays a quite modern beauty highlighted by the pleasing use of red brick and white local stone.
Aqueduct of the Gier, Lyon, France
The Aqueduct of the Gier
is one of the longest and most complex Roman aqueducts. Utilizing tunnels, covered concrete culverts and classic raised sections over a sinuous path that stretches over 85 km (52 miles). The aqueduct was built over a period of several years at least in the first century AD and brought water to the Roman city of Lugdunum; now Lyon in eastern France.
The Romans were brilliant hydrological engineers and investigation of the inner workings of the