The Hadrian’s Aqueduct, a technical marvel of Roman times, is utilized

With the aim of the complete promotion and utilization of an important technical project of the Roman era, the Hadrian’s Aqueduct, EYDAP begins cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Attica Region and the interested Municipalities that will gain significant advantages in terms of the configuration of places of entertainment and culture.

The Minister of Culture, Mr. Lina Mendoni, the Attica Regional Governor, Mr. George Patoulis, the CEO of EYDAP, Mr. Haris Sachinis, and representatives of the Municipalities of Athens, Amarichou, Amarousi, Metamorfosi, Filothei-Psychiko, Chalandri. Among other things, the meeting decided that the investments for the complete utilization of the project, to be proposed for inclusion in the new Programming Period of the NSRF 2021-2027 in order to benefit all the actors involved in the effort but mainly the municipalities located in the underground aqueduct springs of Parnitha to Kolonaki, with a total length of over 20 km.

The Hadrian’s Aqueduct is a monument of unique historical and cultural heritage, which operates about 1900 years after its construction. The management of its waters is under the jurisdiction of EYDAP. It is worth noting that today at least 800,000 km are driven into the sea annually. groundwater of the city, coming from the Hadrian’s Aqueduct. If the Aqueduct is utilized, this water can be used for non-drinking uses, covering important needs of the Municipalities through which it passes.

The integrated utilization of water resource and monument proposed by EYDAP meets objectives such as:

. The protection of the monument.
. The regeneration of the zone that passes through the Hadrian’s Aqueduct with the aim of reducing the average temperature in the city.
. The utilization of water for local irrigation needs and the interconnection of the monument with breathing projects of the areas it passes through.
. Enhancing resilience and sustainable development, through the interconnection of the project with the needs of the local economy, culture, education, etc.

EYDAP CEO Ch. Sachinis stated: “The underground water route from Parnitha to the center of Athens can develop into a development pipeline, green and oxygen for all the municipalities through which it passes. EYDAP is ready to offer what is needed for the success of the joint effort. “

Statement by the Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni

“Mr. Sachini, thank you very much for the initiative of today’s meeting. We had the opportunity some time ago to talk closely about your initiative, the promotion of the Hadrian’s Aqueduct, which, as you said, is perhaps the only example of the use of a project carried out in the 2nd century AD. and continues to be used continuously for about 2,000 years.

It has been said that the next wars on earth will be over water. This makes the EYDAP initiative even more important, because we are not just saving a technical work of antiquity, a monument of our cultural heritage, associated with the presence of Emperor Hadrian in Athens, but we are saving and utilizing an extremely large volume of water. The fact that you want to save the water, this huge good, that goes to the sea, makes your work and your initiative the most important.

A very important technical project of antiquity crosses Attica, passes through eight municipalities, almost as it happened in antiquity. The Hadrian’s Aqueduct not only supplied water to Athens, the city, but also supplied Attic municipalities. The archeological remains are visible in many parts of the route of the Aqueduct and obviously the Ministry of Culture and Sports through its services is very willing to work with you to highlight this project. At the same time, in cooperation with the Municipalities, we can declare – therefore to protect under the provisions of the archaeological law – newer constructions, works after 1830, which are considered important and need protection and restoration.

One point I would like to emphasize is the need for this project to acquire digital features and to highlight works of a similar technique and technology that are scattered throughout Greece. The Aqueduct of Nikopolis, for example, or Mytilene, dating to the corresponding era with the Hadrian’s Aqueduct. At the same time, there is all the data to use the work of Hadrian as an extroversion tool, in order to promote Attica and the relevant Municipalities, connecting them with cities and Regions of other European countries that have similar monuments and even a corresponding historical period. In this way, the project will acquire even greater added value “.

Statement of the Attica Regional Governor George Patoulis

This is an important cultural, historical and environmental project. The Attica Region is fully committed to this project and available to assist in the design, management and implementation of this comprehensive and sustainable intervention to promote the Hadrian’s Aqueduct. Our Managing Authority, our Technical Services Directorate and the newly established Development Organization of the Attica Region, will each assist, within the framework of their responsibilities, in the implementation of this ambitious project.

The Integrated Spatial Investments that took the first steps of implementation within the NSRF 2014-2020, are for us in the Attica Region, a very important but at the same time demanding tool, which we intend to use as much as possible, for the benefit of the Municipalities and of the citizens of the Region.

I would like to thank in particular the Minister of Culture and Sports, Ms. Mendoni, who “embraced” this initiative, as well as EYDAP, which has the necessary resources to prepare the preliminary studies and the Strategic Plan. The new Programming Period 2021-2027 is already here! Our Managing Authority and I personally, have started the preliminary planning of the new RDP Attica 2021-2027, an operational program that we aspire to be worthy of the history of the largest Region of the Country.

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