Nicosia aqueduct

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Nicosia aqueduct
Nicosia 01-2017 img04 aqueduct.jpg
Carries Aqueduct to Nicosia
Locale Nicosia, Cyprus
Official name Υδραγωγείο Λευκωσίας
Characteristics
Material Stone, brick
History
Construction end 18th century

Nicosia old aqueduct is located in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus and is the oldest aqueduct in Cyprus. It is located close to Eleftheria (Liberty) Monument in Nicosia.

History[edit]

Ottoman period[edit]

Built in the 18th century, the ancient Aqueduct was part of the old water supply system of Nicosia which brought water from the mountains north of the city. A stone-built arched construction, it ran from Kyrenia Gate in the north, to Famagusta Gate in the east, and supplied water to several fountains in the inner quarters of the city. This section of the aqueduct was known as the Silihtar Aqueduct, after the Ottoman governor of the time. During the demolition of a private building, eleven arches of this old aqueduct were revealed, hidden within the structure of an adjoining newer construction. The arches showed signs of extensive decay.

19th century[edit]

A Nicosia Master Plan project was implemented, which included the restoration of the monument and the redesign. of the surrounding area encompassing irrigation and drainage systems and the improvement of walkways and passages in the vicinity.

Gallery[edit]

Coordinates: 35°10′19″N 33°22′11″E / 35.17194°N 33.36972°E / 35.17194; 33.36972