This Day in the Yesteryear: EMPEROR TRAJAN INAUGURATES THE AQUA TRAIANA (109 CE)

Français : Plan de Rome avec l'aqua Traiana en...

Français : Plan de Rome avec l’aqua Traiana en rouge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Emperor Trajan Inaugurates the Aqua Traiana (109 CE)

The Aqua Traiana was an aqueduct built under Roman Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century CE. The structure channeled water to Rome from sources around Lake Bracciano, about 25

Detail of Trajan's Column

Detail of Trajan’s Column (Photo credit: 5telios)

mi (40 km) northwest of the city. In 1605, Pope Paul V initiated the Aqua Traiana’s repair to augment the city’s water supply. Renamed the Acqua Paola in the pope’s honor, it was completed in 1612 and boasted a lavish fountain with columns of granite and marble. What is meant by the Roman saying “as good as the Acqua Paola”? More… Discuss

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