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Water also served as a means of preserving the population’s standard of living. With the help of an aqueduct, this valuable commodity could be transported over kilometers to military bases and other cities. The Mainz occupation forces of antiquity owned an absolute architectural wonder -- the highest aqueducts north of the Alps – in their Mainz waterworks. The “Roman Stones” to be found in the Zahlbach part of town are all that remain of these splendid constructions.
The route of the waterway covers about nine kilometers or six miles starting at the water source in Finthen. The mains first ran underground, then surfaced, and finally ran overhead on arched viaducts above the ground . In order to overcome the differences in surface level, the supports in Zahlbach attained their greatest height: more than 25-meters or 77-feet, the equivalent of an eight-to-ten-storey building. Of all this genius, grandeur and engineering, only the “Roman Stones” remain today.
LocationThe remains of the supports can be seen in the Untere Zahlbacher Strasse.