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Kamares Aqueduct

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The famous Kamares aqueduct, also known as the Bekir Pasha aqueduct, is located on the outskirts of Larnaca is one of the most popular tourist city in Cyprus. It was created when the town, at that time it was called a Rock that was under the control of the Ottomans, on the initiative of the ruler of Abu Bekir Pasha and his funds in 1746-1747 years.

The name "Kamares" (from Greek "arch") it is very suitable - the water pipe has a length of over 10 kilometers and consists of 75 high arches. There were created 3 of the "bridge" for 32, 12 and 31 the arch - so that the water remained at the same level in those places where the aqueduct had to lay in the ravines. This has solved one of the main problems of the city associated with the lack of water, before people had to bring water from a spring located a few kilometers from the settlement. And after the completion of water from the river Tremithos the aqueduct arrived directly in Larnaca. Such a system citizens were used until 1939, when finally there was built a modern water supply.

Unfortunately, to the present day Kamares preserved only partly - after the city began actively to be upset, the aqueduct was badly damaged. Therefore, the municipality of Larnaca was established a special Committee consisting of specialists of different directions, which should take care of this architectural and historical monument. In addition, who is actively working to stop the construction of the nearby Kamares and transforming this area into a tourist pedestrian area.