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  AQUA APPIA AQUEDUCT
AQUA APPIA AQUEDUCT
Image of the Aqua Appia Aqueduct
The Aqua Appia was the first Roman aqueduct, was constructed by the censor Appius Claudius Caecus, from whom it derives its name, and based on a project by Caio Plauzio Venoce at the beginning of the 300's BC; its source was identified as being along a minor road which branched off to the left of the Via Praenestina (Prenestina Street) between the seventh and the eighth miles.
The aqueduct was about 16 Km long and it flowed at 15 metres below ground level, following the Prenestina street and entering into the city through the Porta Maggiore, one of the eastern gates in the Aurelian Walls. Once inside the urban area, it crossed the Caelian Hill, emerged for a short section of about 60 paces long and passed through the valley between the Caelian and the Aventine Hill, by running on arches over the Servian Wall, nearby the Porta Capena, for finally ending at the foot of the Aventine Hill; the water distribution started nearby the area where the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin has been subsequently built.
This aqueduct was restored by Quintus Marcius Rex in 144 BC, by Agrippa in 33 BC and by Augustus between 11 and 4 BC; along the urban section, several ruins of the cave have been preserved whereas outside the urban area no traces have remained.
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