Ancient hydraulic works

Athens Enneakrounos

Use: Urban Water Supply
Construction era: Archaic
Types: Fountain
Operation era: Archaic
Location: Greece - Athens

Built between 530 and 520 BC from Peisistratides, the Enneakrounos was the second most important water source for the Athenians, after the Kalliroe cistern. The square base of the structure, which is preserved up to nowadays, was divided into 3 spaces. The space that sheltered the 9 fountains had the shape of a corridor with colomnades of Doric rhythm. It was not a solitary fountain but a complete system and drainage network that covered the city with 9 terminal taps located in several parts of the city.

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