Vergine aqueduct found in a Zara store in Rome

Vergine aqueduct found in a Zara store in Rome

Ruins of the Vergine aqueduct, one of the most important in Ancient Rome, has been discovered under the Rinascente building on the Via del Corso, now home to the well-known Spanish store Zara.

The archaeologists they came across the aqueduct at the intersection of the Vía del Tritone, as excavations began to be carried out to expand the commercial premises in the area. However, the expansion plan, lasting two and a half years, continues, with the intention of opening a larger store in 2015.

Plans are in place to preserve the ruins and make them visible to visitors, as well as other archaeological discoveries made in other stores in the capital, such as the Ikea in Anagnina.

The Vergine aqueduct it is one of many built to send pure drinking water to Rome. The name derives from that of its predecessor, the Aqua Virgo, built by Mark Agrippa in 19 BC, to serve the Campo Marzio district.

In 1453, the Pope Nicholas V he renovated and expanded the Aqua Virgo to improve the city's drinking water supply during the Renaissance.

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