Ancient hydraulic works

Hersonisos cistern

Hydrosystem:Crete Island
Use: Urban Water Supply
Construction era: Roman
Types: Cistern, Aqueduct
Operation era: Roman
Location: Greece - Crete island - Hersonisos
  • K. Galanaki, D.Grigoropoulos, A.Kastanakis, S.Mandalaki, C.Papadaki and I. Triantafyllidi, The Management of Water Resources in Chersonissos, Crete, Greece, During the Roman Period, 1st IWA International Symposium on WATER AND WASTEWATER TECHNOLOGIES IN ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS, edited by A. N. Angelakis and D. Koutsoyiannis, Greece, 265-270, 2006.

The Roman aqueduct of Hersonisos is located at ‘Palatia’, on the road that leads from the port to the Hersonisos Village. The aqueduct stores water from the surrounding springs of Kalo Horio until the Hersonisos. The terminal cistern is preserved in good situation and has 58 Χ 22 Χ 5,50 m. dimensions. It is the biggest roman aqueduct that is famous from the Helladic space and can be compared with similar projects in Italy, N.Africa, Asia Minor and Syria The aqueduct is constructed in the first half of the 2nd century A.D. and it is maybe Hadrianos project. Its enormous construction shows the need for storing a great amount of water, possibly due to drought. The aqueduct was ruined from the 4th century earthquake; however its use possibly was stopped in the 3rd century A.D.

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