simply great feat cant imagin how they managed to build it its huge.hard to find of the road we have been trying to find it for years then just happend to see it from a distance
The title says it all really. What an awesome construction and it's still standing after nearly 2000 years! Well worth the search to find it as it's tucked out of the way.Don't expect any tourist trappings (e.g. souvenir shops) when you get there - when we visited the site we were lucky to be there when an organised tour with a guide was also visiting so we benefited from the guide's expert knowledge of the aqueduct and the history surrounding it.
I had read all the reviews and agree that if you are on the island it is a trip you need to do. However you only want to be driving a small car as the streets are very narrow and it is not very well signposted, so it can be a bit confusingHowever, it is worth the trip as it's not a typical tourist attraction. The ancient Roman aqueduct is just sitting peacefully in the olive grove, I'm pleased to see that the authority is keeping it from falling down as it would be awful to see it destroyed after all these yearsEnjoy the trip!
An impressive structure that is quite imposing and surprisingly well preserved. Can be accessed along a quiet paved road which only turns into a track after the aqueduct itself. Easy to park nearby where the road is wider, and just walk along another few metres. Unfortunately no information signs explaining about the history, so you'll need to look on the web or in a guidebook to learn more about it.
You will find this aqueduct in the village of Moria to the North of the City of Mytilini on Lesvos Island. It's not easy to get to because of the rare road signs that lead you to it. But none the less it's worth it. When you get to it, you'll also be able to get to the other attraction which is the Chapel of Profitis Ilias. This chapel is situated on top of a mountain with an extraordinary view of the Bay of Gera. To get to that chapel please have a detailed map if you want to go there. You can have a sample just clic on my youtube link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPRoxx4wFM4&list=UUBPikb-0ggh4nnR0RWdoZeA&index=9&feature=plcp
When we finally found our way to the aqueduct (i approached the village of Moria from the Mytillini to Mandandos road and as its got a one way system took a wrong turn against the advice of my wife and sister in law. typical man or what.) what we saw was a great feat of engineering and building considering the tools available at the time. the size of it is impressive and the new restored parts have been done in a way that with time will look as if they are as old as the roman original , if the work had not and still is being done the aqueduct would not last another 10 years . There is no info at the site bar for a small sign that said Roman Aqueduct and a number 47 i think. The number relates to an App you can down load from the local tourist web site, i later found this out when we stopped for lunch in nearby Panagiouda which has an old ruined olive oil factory on the harbour number 42 on the list.
road signs to the aqueduct totally useless.went through the village ran out of signs,found signs coming out of village but they only sent you back into the village.wasted day.
Firstly, I don't know know how anyone can "review" the aqueduct when by their own admission, they didn't even find it. For the record, the aqueduct IS well signed all the way through the village, you just have to keep your eyes open for them.The cobbled road ends at a dirt track just outside Moria where there's plenty of room to park ( and turn) your car or scooter. You continue to walk down the dirt track for about 50 yards and then you get first glimpse of this amazing structure spanning the valley to your left through the trees. It was constructed during the Roman occupation of the island to bring much needed fresh water supplies from the foothills of Mount Olymbos to the major town of Mytilene. There are several remaining sections on the island but this is the most complete.As with any partial reconstruction, there's always the debate about whether it should have been done or whether it should just have been left alone. I for one am in favour of sympathetic reconstruction as it then allows a good idea of how the original structure must have looked in all it's glory, far better, in my opinion, than a huge pile of featureless masonry.When first completed, the aqueduct ran for a distance of about 22 kms and was capable of delivering an impressive 127,000 cubic meters of water per day. The flow was "topped up" at various points along it's gradual descent to Mytilene at Larsos and Lambou Milou.To see such an impressive structure in such a peaceful place is somewhat surreal but for me, it was one of the highlights of our two week exploration of the island. Moria sits about 7 kms northwest of the capital and can be reached from both the Mytilene - Madamados and Mytilene - Kalloni roads and is well signposted.
Getting here by driving thru the village is not an easy task.Even our tiny rental had a tough time getting thru the tiny streets and sharp corners.But the aqueduct was worth the trouble :)
wow this is so very impressive! such an old aquaduct and so big! you realize it when you are standing under it. very beautiful surroundings with all kinds of flowers, little water ponds. you can see the aquaduct from the airplane if you fly to lesbos.