Ancient hydraulic works

Perene fountain

Use: Urban Water Supply
Construction era: Classical
Types: Fountain
Operation era: Classical
Location: Greece - Corinth

Perene fountain was the most significant fountain of ancient Korinthos, a place of meetings, rest, entertainment and discussions. The water of Perene was gathered around the area with four tunnels and was spread into three cisterns, from where was supplied into six arched chambers. In front of these chambers there was a parapet on which at the 5th century B.C. they were supported their water jugs. The fountain sustained a Dorian stoa at the front that was altered in the 2th century B.C. A new shape, however, was introduced in the 2th century A.D. from Erodes from Attica, which spent a respectable amount of money. He transformed it into a 2 storey structure with three external concavities that had marble facing and sculptural painted decoration. Statues were added into the concavities and paintings of fish in the sea decorated the internal of the chambers, as it is still evident on the fourth fountain chamber nowadays. During the Byzantine period the fountain was changed again into an external cistern with arched colonnade.

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