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‘Larnaca - Carrying water to town’

After an extended stay in Cyprus (extended by four days by the shutdown of Europe's airspace because of the ash cloud) I can finally show you some pictures of my trip.

The place of arrival in Cyprus was Larnaca.
When I went to the outskirts of town to see the old aqueduct, built by the Ottoman governor Koca Bekir Pasha in 1745, I was very surprised.
There were no other visitors at all while this aqueduct really is a remarkable construction.

Back home I’m also surprised that so far nobody else ever has posted a picture of this aqueduct on TE.
In a way, this picture here is a scoop :-)

The habitants of Larnaca call this aqueduct ‘the Kamares’, whick means ‘arcades’ in Greek.

From http://www.about-larnaca.info :

At the exit from Larnaca towards the Limassol highway you see the grandiose arches (kamares) of the 16 kilometers long, 18th century aqueduct of Larnaca. For the adventurer the old aqueduct of Larnaca offers a tremendous challenge. Walking in a straight line from the 1st arches (about 2-3 kilometers), you arrive at the 2nd arches, and after a walk of almost the same distance, (but having to pass the airport “bypass highway”) you arrive at the 3rd and lower arches. At this point you have to look for the old mill, which pumped the aqueduct’s water. Then, for almost 9 kilometers up to the river, the water - channel goes underground, but every 30 meters you can see the “visiting wells” of this unbelievable project, which channeled the water of the river Tremithos to Larnaca till the 1950’s.

Many researchers and historians believe that this tremendous public work has existed since Roman times, (as it’s mentioned in the acts Secret of Apostle Barnabas) and that the Ottoman Governor Bekir Pashia reconstructed the whole project in 1745 on the basis of the surviving facilities.

This argument is supported by the fact that a similar water channel exists in the archaeological site of the ancient port at Kilkis Street and at many other spots in the city dated in Hellenistic and Roman times.

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