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roman water pipe

  • Pölich

Roman water conduit, Pölich The walk-in technical masterpiece between the village and the vineyards demonstrates best Roman workmanship and has been fully functional for 1,800 years.

You didn't have to be a city dweller to enjoy the luxury of an aqueduct. How else could an estate owner in the countryside supply water to his luxurious baths? In Pölich, real groundwork was done here. The tunnel for the water was cut into the rock over a distance of some 430 m and today still makes an active contribution to the local water supply – after some 1,800 years. In the past it in fact supplied two estates, but they are no longer visible today. It runs almost parallel to the slope and cuts into the water table. You can comfortably walk through one section, but as in places it is only 1.20 m high and some 0.50 m wide, you have to duck your head and pull in your stomach. Some daylight falls through the construction shafts. The further course of the water pipeline is marked by a themed path that leads high up into the vineyards. If you want to know how luxurious bathing was then, it is best to go to the Roman villas in Mehring and Longuich. They have been partially reconstructed and are not too far away.

A station on the Roads of the Romans.

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