Salerno Aqueduct

Salerno, Italy

The medieval aqueduct of Salerno was built in the ninth century to supply water to the monastery of St. Benedict, at the eastern walls. It is located in the historic center of Salerno, under the hill Bonadies and its Arechi Castle.

It consists of two branches: one coming from the hills to the north, the other one from the high ground to the east of the city; both rejoined along the street Arce (which by their arches is named), at an edge of the old city walls. At first only stocked the Benedictine monastery, and later, a branch underground allowed to supply the convent of Piantanova, Via Mercanti.

The aqueduct was popularly renamed 'Bridges of the Devil' and it was said that it was built in a single night, with the help of demons, by the magician of the twelfth century Peter Barliario. The popular superstition considered also that venture under the arches between dusk and dawn would bring to the meeting with devils or evil spirits.

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Italy

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www.livesalerno.com

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stephen loudon (11 months ago)
Beautifully and intact acqeduct in the center of Salerno.
Mark and Jen Ackerman (11 months ago)
Amazing engineering achievement given it was built 1200 years ago. Worth a look.
Karen S (Krhodem) (2 years ago)
Very cool to see how they've incorporated it into the city. It's a neat quick trip worth seeing in person. Glad they preserve this history and you don't have to deal with the tourists of some of the other aqueducts.
Donald Gibson (2 years ago)
Free! Gratuito! Frei! Libre! Fri! Falas! That's right. Anyone, regardless of one's native tongue, can visit these beauties and take outstanding photos. Just get yourself to Salerno, Italy. The city is visually stunning for other aspects in addition to the presence of these medieval marvels.
Gerald Primeßnig (3 years ago)
Nice piece of History just in the streets of Salerno. Great they did not tear it down
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