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40/41 (SM volume 164) Aqueduct at Caserta


40/41 (SM volume 164) Aqueduct at Caserta


(pencil) Benevento. Cathedral / 68 doric Col. 2 feet dr. Plan of upper parapet of the Aqueduct at Caserta / March 2d / 8.9 wide / Parapet 2:0 thick / 3 Rows of Arches / with Tuffa. Abt 1700 feet long / Abt 40 Arches in the upper / RowP.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977 (fig.197 caption) identified the aqueduct as 'Acquedotto Carlino, Maddaloni plan of topmost parapet'Benevento, originally Maleventum, is on the Appian Way and 60 miles from Rome; its double-aisled basilica dates from the 12th century. The 'Aqueduct at Caserta' must be the three-storey Ponte della Valle, an aqueduct 210 feet high, constructed by Vanvitelli for supplying water to the gardens of Caserta with water from Monte Taburno 25 miles away.



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