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The ancient aqueduct of Flerio, Naxos

T he Flerio region in Naxos Island Greece, is, among others a region of great historical and archaeological importance. In the area around Flerio large strata with marble of good quality exist close to the surface. For this reason and since the 8th century BC, an important community of excavation workers developed, that reached its peak period during the 7th and 6th centuries BC thus promoting the Greek architecture and sculpture. Map of Naxos Island.

In antiquity in this region an impressive 11km long aqueduct was constructed with several phases, starting from the 6th century BC. The aqueduct was constructed to transfer water from the rich springs of Flerio to the capital of Naxos (Chora). The aqueduct starts from a river basin craved in the rock and is wisely designed to provide irrigation to the crops before its clay module pipes reach and irrigate the capital.

Nowadays, the most important parts of the aqueduct have been restored and are accessible to visitors, thanks to the collaboration between scientists, local authorities, but also thanks to the understanding and cooperation of contemporary land owners of the selected parts of the aqueduct to be exposed.