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“Well worth finding Stunning” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Roman Aqueduct

The Roman Aqueduct
Moria, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Moria
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Bolton,Lancs
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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“Well worth finding Stunning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

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.

Visited September 2012
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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“Stunning Roman engineering in a peaceful, wooded valley”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

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.

Visited September 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Intresting and easy to find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Interesting site; only ting that is lacking are signs giving some history to the site, some of it is clearly restored. It is not hard to find: Driving throu the village of Moria, in direction of Mytelini, you go down the peebled road to the Right where the main oneway street has a sharp bend to the left in the midle of the village, then just follow the pebbled road al the way to the site, you will get a glimpse of the aqueduct just as you exit the village, if you should have troble finding it, just ask the locals, i was given directions by some locals without asking for it, , i also recomend not driving to the site, (pebbledroad in the village is very narrow) instead leave the car in the village and walk, it is just 10 minutes to go.

Visited September 2012
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“what aqueduct.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

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.

Visited June 2012
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“Don't miss the Aqueduct in Moria, Lesvos Greece”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

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

Visited September 2011
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