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Fréjus: the Roman Aqueduct

The Roman town of Forum Julii (ancient Fréjus) occupied 40 hectares along the Mediterranean with landward sides surrounded by a two-mile-diameter wall some 2.5 m thick. Fresh water was brought in from hills 40 km to the northeast. Upon reaching the city wall, the aqueduct turned to the north, employing the wall itself to support the channel.

A row of mammoth stone piers from the aqueduct can be seen upon entering the city near the Porte de Rome. The placement of the ancient water channel bridge (now missing) is clearly seen in U-shaped clefts on the top of the piers. Although not as completely preserved as the aqueduct-bridge at Pont du Gard, the Fréjus aqueduct is an impressive sight.


[Fig.1: The Roman Aqueduct at Fréjus (photo: Athena Review).]

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