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Regio V

Castellum aquæ (Waterworks)


The Castellum aquæ is a large water reservoir linked to the Serino aqueduct. It is located in the highest point of the city near the Vesuvius Gate.


 It is covered with bricks and on its façade there are three blind arches separated by pilasters. The side entrance of the building was closed by a massive door. The inside of the reservoir is divided into three sections: one for the fountains, one for public buildings and one for private houses. In case of a water shortage, the less important water supplies were automatically cut off. The building appears in the relief of Cæcilius Jucundus which potrayed scenes of the earthquake of 62 A.D..


House of Cæcilius Jucundus | House of the Silver Weddind

House of Marcus Lucretius Fronto | House of the Gladiators

Castellum Aquæ | Via del Vesuvio

Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento | Vesuvius Gate

Necropolis of the Vesuvius Gate


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