Saturday, May 3, 2014

Ayia Napa Aqueduct and Park

The Ayia Napa Aqueduct (also known as the Agia Napa Aqueduct and the Aqueduct Archaeological Site) is situated within the Ayia Napa Park, which is located in the city of Ayia Napa, within the Famagusta district of Cyprus.

The Ayia Napa Aqueduct is about 2 km in length, and it dates back to the Roman period, yet there were alterations during the Frankish period, around the time when the Ayia Napa Monastery was built.  The Ayia Napa Aqueduct was built in a sophisticated manner and required constant maintenance to the intricately designed water supply system.




According to a sign posted at the Ayia Napa Park, "The main water source can be found somewhere on the north-eastern hills of Agia Napa....  From that point on, the aqueduct ran all the way to the monastery following natural bedrock contours.  Its builders exploited the principles of gravity in order to deliver water to the Monastery....the aqueduct winded down towards the monastery; where at a deep point before the monastic buildings, it was supported on a wall.  Then it ran parallel to the north outer wall of the cells and after passing under the Private House it entered the courtyard.  The water streamed through a fountain mask, shaped like a boar's head.  From there it was conveyed under the courtyard and the southern buildings of the monastery and finally stored in a large reservoir, built under Cyprus' oldest and largest sycamore tree.  Another pipeline within the courtyard supplied water to a sculptured fountain." 

This aqueduct extended from the source of water, which was located near Ormideia Village, towards the Ayia Napa Monastery.  During the 1974 survey, the original route of the Ayia Napa Aqueduct was discovered.  For over hundreds of years, the Ayia Napa Aqueduct supplied the monastery and region with water.

The Ayia Napa Aqueduct is one of the few preserved aqueducts in Cyprus.  In 1996 and 2006-2008, the Cypriot Department of Antiquities and Ayia Napa Municipality continued the conservation project and excavation work, regarding the Ayia Napa Aqueduct.
 



Near the Ayia Napa Aqueduct, there's the Aqueduct Footpath that extends for about 1.3 km with a starting point at the Ayia Napa Park.

The Ayia Napa Park is a lovely area for tourist and local residents to spend a few hours and enjoy a picnic, as well as explore the Ayia Napa Aqueduct.


Site: Ayia Napa Aqueduct and Ayia Napa Park. 

Category: Archaeological Site and Nature. 

Location: Near city of Ayia Napa, within the Famagusta district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2011.

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