Roman-era aqueduct collapses in central Israel

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(Worthy News) – The historical water arch in Caesarea suffered a collapse during the early hours of Friday. This arch stands on the Aqueduct Beach, a popular bathing spot. Representatives from the Antiquities Authority were present at the site this morning, and a team from the Antiquities Authority’s Conservation Directorate is expected to evaluate the extent of the damage on Sunday. The collapsed portion of the arch, a 1,870-year-old addition built during the reign of Emperor Hadrian, faced this unfortunate fate.

The Upper Aqueduct of Caesarea stands as a remarkable and unparalleled discovery, known for its vastness, construction quality, and intricate design. The aqueduct was ingeniously constructed on arches, forming a conduit for channeling water from the southern Carmel springs to the city of Caesarea. This water system supplied the city with its drinking water needs, as Caesarea held the role of a regional capital from the 1st to the 7th century AD. The construction of these aqueducts serves as a reflection of the shifts that occurred within Caesarea’s dimensions and its evolving water supply requirements for both the city and its surrounding areas. [ Source: Ynet News (Read More…) ]

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