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The ancient aqueduct of Flerio, Naxos Island

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

In antiquity in this region an impressive 11 km long aqueduct was constructed in several phases, starting from the 6th century BC. The aqueduct was built in order to transfer water from the rich springs of Flerio, to the capital of Naxos (Chora). The aqueduct starts from a river basin carved into 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 and local authorities, but also thanks to the understanding and cooperation of the current land owners of the selected sites where the aqueduct is now exposed.