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Aqueduct of Ancient Lyttos


A human construction grand and big enough for its time, the biomass was the Roman aqueduct of Lyttos.It causes impression and awe on people and passersbies in the area, which after centuries saw ahead of them to dominate this ancient achievement, providing food to local legend, who had wanted it to have been built by the people of Sarantapihos.

So far there is no indication of the exact dating of this mammoth project on time. Database designers, technical construction of the walls and the tank assembly is likely that the period of construction is mid-2nd century, most likely linked to the empire of Hadrian. There are a lot of information and evidence that Hadrian funded major infrastructure projects in the provinces and Crete. This is confirmed by the presence of the statue in the Chamber of the city, 126 AD and markings to indicate its own emperor.

The Roman aqueduct Lyktos starts from the source of the Upper Kournia, located in the region Krasi, namely the source Kefalovrisi and reaches the eastern edge of town. Passes from the rural areas of Krasi, Kera, Gonion, Avdou, Kastamonitsa and Xida (old name of Lyttos). The actual distance is 22 km. It has been made in the remote mountain areas north of Mt Dikti, crossing ravines and gorges, starting from an altitude of 807 m in position Tzigkounas south of Kefalovrisi and ending at 616 m in the tank in place Flaskies.

The construction of the aqueduct was quite expensive. It was very impressive, creating the Roman pride in their wealth and strength. The Romans built aqueducts for two reasons:

  • To provide a large bath, which was the centre for rest, pleasure and comfort.
  • They wanted to impose everywhere the power and the dominance of Rome.

The famous aqueduct was put off by several centuries, but it was kept alive in our memories.