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The imposing arches at Pilastri
22-MAY-2006

The imposing arches at Pilastri

Ischia - Barano

Not Roman at all, this aqueduct was built in the late 1600s, as part of a system that carried
the clear fresh waters of the Buceto spring down from the mountains to houses in the ancient
'Borgo del Celso' of Ischia Ponte and the Castello Aragonese right through until the 1930s.

Somewhat unpopularly, the island's Bishop, Girolamo Rocca, funded its construction by imposing
a special tax locally on grain and flour.

As well as the main string of arches, other remnants of the system - cisterns and wells - can
still be seen in Ponte, and its route was followed when the first undersea pipelines were laid
to bring water from the mainland, during the Cassa del Mezzogiornio in the 1950s.

Canon EOS 350D
1/180s f/9.5 at 28.0mm iso100 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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