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A visit to Fréjus would be incomplete without a tour of the amphitheatre and a chase after the aqueducts, all the more so when the latter are known to have extended 30km outside the city into the neighbouring hills where two springs was being diverted.
The amphitheatre was the object of a dig for many years when most of the building was excavated and elements restored to their original state. Now the arena is being used for social events, concerts and the like.
I left the amphitheatre for something more chilling: the aqueducts. A chain of hundreds of such pillars ran all the way into the hills (see below) where spring water was carried back into town for public fountains, baths and fullers’ workshops. This invention remains to this day one of the (unofficial) wonders of the ancient world. The whole system relied on a carefully designed channel that used gravity to convey water from a capture site to a water tower next to a distribution location. The most remarkable (I would say mind-boggling) thing is that water on public fountains and domestic “taps” that fed on this had the same outlet pressure as that of today’s water taps in the civilised world.