Montenegro, Aqueduct

Montenegro, Aqueduct

The aqueduct is a popular attraction located in the north of the Old Bar. The word “aqueduct”, translated from Latin, is a water conduit that specializes in supplying water to populated areas, hydropower and irrigation systems from sources higher up. In a narrower sense, the “aqueduct” is an element of a water conduit, which is a bridge over a river or a ravine.

The aqueduct in the Old Bar was built during the era of the Ottoman occupation of Montenegro in the 17th century. It consists of 17 massive pillars supporting 17 arches. Above the pillars, according to the rules of the construction of the aqueducts, the Turks laid ceramic pipes in the closed channel with a diameter of approximately 12 centimeters. This majestic structure is built from a roughly hewn stone, from a distance it resembles a giant mountain bridge.

In earlier times, the aqueduct was actively used for its intended purpose – with its help water was supplied to the entire local population. To date, the aqueduct is only a popular tourist and historical building.

Its appearance gives the aqueduct of the picturesque Old Bar a truly ancient city, over which time is not powerful. For all of its existence, the aqueduct has been seriously damaged once – during the earthquake in the late 70’s. After that, the aqueduct was quickly restored.

To date, the aqueduct is abandoned in view of the fact that in the Old Bar virtually no one lives.

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