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Around Frejus: Roman aqueduct

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If you are out visiting the remains of the Malpasset Dam, or hiking by the Reyran River bed, strike a detour into Roman times.

Park at the open parking site beyond the A8 over-pass and hike your way back under the A8. On your left, the H81 Route Forestière de Mare-Trache. You walk over a cement ford and turn left after the ford, on the fire road of l'Aspe d'Amic.

Behind the l'Aspe d'Amic track sign, notice a huge block of cement, tilted and lying still behind a maritime pine tree. It's one of the many gigantic scattered pieces of the Malpasset Dam. The dam burst in 1959, generating a wall of water that crushed everything on its sea-bound path. See our previous article on this.

In front of you, hidden behind a few oak trees and mastic trees, covered in the golden and green hues of evergreen bushes and tranquil yellowed grass, stand the 2000-year-old arches of a Roman aqueduct. The aqueduct captured and directed fresh water from the town of Mons to Fréjus, with forty kilometers of underground water tunnels and water-carrying arched bridges.

The modern and the ancient stand side-by-side here - rubbles of rock and twisted cables, and the still elegant narrow aqueduct arches of 2,000 years.

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