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Römersteine Mainz

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  • Remains of Roman aqueduct
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Mit Hilfe eines Aquädukts wurde das römische Legionslager auf dem Kästrich mit frischem Quellwasser aus Mainz-Finthen ("ad fontes") versorgt. Die Römersteine sind die verbliebenen Zeugen der antiken Wasserleitung, der höchsten nördlich der Alpen.

"But if anyone will note the abundance of water skilfully brought into the city, for public uses, for baths, for basins, for houses, runnels, suburban gardens, and villas; if he will note the high aqueducts required for maintaining the proper elevation; the mountains which had to be pierced for the same reason; and the valleys it was necessary to fill up; he will consider that the whole terrestrial orb offers nothing more marvellous." This is what Pliny the Elder had to say about the Roman invention of the aqueduct.

Such an aqueduct also existed in Mogontiacum, supplying the Roman garrison on the castel hill with fresh water from today's city district of Mainz-Finthen whose name derives from "ad fontes". What the people of Mainz call "Römersteine" are the last remains of this aqueduct, which at its time was the highest such structure north of the Alps.

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Open Jan 09, 2018 through Dec 31, 2029 from 00:00–23:45.

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49.993128, 8.251944
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49°59'35.3"N 8°15'07.0"E
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32U 446381 5538134
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163.6 km
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Römersteine Mainz

Untere Zahlbacher Straße
55131 Mainz

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163.6 km
11:00 h
1219 m
1213 m
Die Hiwwel-Route nutzt viele andere Radstrecken parallel und verbindet daher viele Themenwege und Radrouten miteinander.
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