List of aqueducts in the Roman Empire

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This is a list of aqueducts in the Roman Empire. For a more complete list of known and possible Roman aqueducts and Roman bridges see List of Roman bridges. [1] [2]


Aqueducts in the Roman Empire

NameLocationImageCoordinatesLength x HeightConstruction StartedService StartedDemolition or DecommissionInfluencer
Plovdiv Bulgaria, Plovdiv Wodo.jpg 42°7′50″N24°43′25″E / 42.13056°N 24.72361°E / 42.13056; 24.72361 30 km x
Plavno Polje [3] Croatia 32.6km x 0.296mAD 1
Diocletianus Aqueduct Croatia, Solin
Kamares Aqueduct Cyprus, Larnaca
Nicosia aqueduct Cyprus, Nicosia
Clausonnes France, Antibes Aqueduct Antibes Bouillide5.JPG
Barbegal aqueduct France, Arles Barbegal aqueduct 01.jpg
Aqueduct of the Gier France, Lyon Aqueducchapo01.JPG
Aqueduct of Luynes France, Luynes Luynes (France) Roman Aqueduct.jpg
Pont du Gard France, Nîmes Pont du Gard BLS.jpg 50kmAD 60
Fréjus France Frejus aquaduct.jpg 40kmAD 50
Aqueduct from Gorze to Metz France, Metz Roman aqueduct (Jouy-aux-Arches).jpg
Eifel aqueduct Germany Eifelwasserleitung05.jpg 50°30′46″N6°36′39″E / 50.5127°N 6.6108°E / 50.5127; 6.6108 130km x 1 metreAD 80
Sumelocenna Rottenburg, Germany 2015-10-24 sumelocenna aquaeductus.jpg 48°27′49″N8°51′44″E / 48.46362°N 8.86234°E / 48.46362; 8.86234 ca. AD 100
HadrianGreece, Argos
PeisistratidGreece, Athens
Long WallsGreece, Athens
Late RomanGreece, Athens
Corinth Greece, Corinthia
Chalcis Greece, Chalcis
Kavala aqueduct Greece, Kavala Kavala-Aqueduct.jpg
Mytilene Greece, Lesbos
Nicopolis Greece, Epirus
Patras Greece Patras Roman Aqueduct 2.jpg
Aqua Anio Vetus [4] Italy, Pleiades330 BCAD 640
Aqua Augusta Italy, Naples96km
Aqua Marcia – pictured is Aqua Marcia near Tivoli, ItalyItaly, Rome Tivoli Acquedotto Arci 0511-03.JPG 298,556′144 BC140 BC
Aqua Tepula [5] Italy, Rome126 BC127 BC Lucius Cassius Longinus Ravilla
Aqua Anio Novus Italy, horti Epaphroditiani [5]
Aqua Alexandrina Italy, Rome Aqua Alexandrina 02.jpg AD 226
Aqua Alsietina Italy, Rome
Aqua Appia Italy, Rome312 BC
Aqua Claudia – Pictured are the remains of aqueducts Aqua Claudia and Aqua Anio Novus at Porta Maggiore in Rome, integrated into the Aurelian Wall as a gate in AD 271Italy, Rome Porta Maggiore 21-09-2019.jpg
Aqua Virgo Italy, Rome
Minturno Italy
Ponte delle TorriItaly, Spoleto
Aqua Crabra Italy, Tusculum
Pont d'Aël Italy, Aosta Valley Aymaville - Pont d'Ael.jpg
Termini Imerese Italy, Sicily Termini Imerese aquaduct.jpg
Aqueduct of Triglio Italy, Apulia 40°34′50.82″N17°12′9.63″E / 40.5807833°N 17.2026750°E / 40.5807833; 17.2026750 123 BC
Gadara Aqueduct Jordan, Gadara 32°40′51″N35°52′09″E / 32.6808°N 35.8691°E / 32.6808; 35.8691
Aqueduct of Zubaida Lebanon, Beirut Qanater Zbaida.jpg
Aqueduct of Tyre Lebanon, Tyre
Aqueduct of Msaylha Lebanon, Batroun
Aqueduct of Nahr Ibrahim Lebanon, Byblos
Aqueduct of Volubilis Morocco, Volubilis
Skopje Aqueduct North Macedonia
Aqueduto de São Sebastião Portugal, Coimbra AD 1568 [6] AD 1570 [6]
Acueducto de Sexi [lower-alpha 1] Spain, Almuñécar
Albarracin-Gea-Cella Spain
Aqua Nova Domitiana Augusta Spain
Baelo Claudia's aqueduct Spain, Bolonia
Barcino Spain
Bejís Spain
Acueducto romano de Cádiz Spain, Cádiz
Caños de Carmona Spain, Seville
Cordoba (Aqua Fontis Aureae) Spain
Itálica Spain Canal subterraneo Italica.jpg
Las Medulas Spain
Les Ferreres Aqueduct Spain, Tarragona Roman aqueduct Tarragona.jpg
Los Bañales Spain
Acueducto de los Milagros Spain, Mérida El acueducto de Los Milagros.jpg
Lugo Spain
Noain Spain, Pamplona, Navarra
Onuba Aestuaria Spain
Peña Cortada Spain
Rabo de Buey-San Lázaro Spain
S'Argamassa's aqueduct Spain
Segobriga's aqueduct Spain, Saelices
Aqueduct of Segovia Spain, Segovia AcueductoSegovia edit1.jpg  ? x 28m
Aqueduct of Toletum Spain, Toledo
Valdepuentes Spain
aqueduct of hama syria
Aqueduct of Hadrian Tunisia
Zaghouan Aqueduct Tunisia, Carthage 132 km
Valens Aqueduct Turkey, Istanbul Valens aquaduct Istanbul 01.JPG
Aspendos Turkey, Antalya Province Aqueduct of Aspendos 01.jpg
Karapınar Aqueduct Turkey, İzmir
Kızılçullu Aqueduct Turkey, İzmir Roman aqueducts in Buca - 1880.jpg
Vezirsuyu Aqueduct Turkey, İzmir
Lamas Aqueduct Turkey, Mersin Province Lamas aqueduct.jpg
Olba Aqueduct Turkey, Mersin Province Olba Aqueduct.jpg
Laodicea on the Lycus Turkey, Denizli Province
Phaselis Turkey, Antalya Province Phaselis axb02.jpg
Dolaucothi Gold Mines United Kingdom, Wales, Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire
Durnovaria United Kingdom, Dorchester, Dorset
Longovicium United Kingdom, Lanchester

See also


  1. Almuñécar consists of 5 above ground aqueducts – 4 still in use

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