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Incredible remains revealed during works near 17th-century Wignacourt Aqueduct
Amazing!

Jillian Mallia

Remains of an original aqueduct built during the Knights’ period have been found during works for a public garden strip in Mriehel. The project unearthed a section of the Wignacourt aqueduct, just before it joined the above-ground arches on Mdina Road, right opposite Farsons brewery - what a find!

From photos posted online, it seems as though archaeological monitoring is taking place following the discovery, and the historic stone slabs, called kaptelli were exposed carefully.

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Brian Restall via Malta Water Association / Facebook

The Wignacourt aqueduct

The 17th-century structure was built by the Order of Saint John to carry water from springs in Dingli and Rabat to the newly-built capital city of Valletta. The water system included a series of underground pipes and over-arched viadcuts, which remained in use until the 20th century! Most of the arches still stand today, and can be seen as your drive through Attard, Balzan, Birkirkara, Fleur-de-Lys and Santa Venera.

11th March 2019


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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