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STONE AQUEDUCT BETWEEN ZNOJMO AND CITONICE

STONE AQUEDUCT BETWEEN ZNOJMO AND CITONICE

- Supplying the city with drinking water –
The population of Znojmo grew in the 18th and 19th centuries considerably, which gave rise to serious problems of how the city was going to be supplied with drinking water. The existing water pipeline leading from sources near Přímětice had not long sufficed, and water from wells in the city was not very good either, incurring diseases at times. Only after six hundred and sixty people in Znojmo died of cholera in 1832, the City Council began to take measures. The construction of a new, gravity-fed water pipeline between the rich water springs near the village of Citonice and Znojmo took ten years (finished 1843) and was very expensive. Yet the result solved the situation only partially. So in the following decades the pipeline had to be extended and boosted by new sources and branches. When the Znojmo Water Reservoir was built in the Dyje Valley in the 1960s, the importance of this pipeline diminished. Today we can trace the pipeline if we set out on a trip from the Citonice railway stop along the Granice Valley all the way down to Znojmo. We can see a few maintenance check-points along the way in the woods - they look like small chapels, showing a decent approach of their architect. There is a deep-cut ravine on the slope of the Granice Valley, near Cínová hora (Tin Mountain), where the pipeline had to be laid on a mighty stone aqueduct with a wide vaulted culvert at the bottom.

- Supplying the city with drinking water –

The population of Znojmo grew in the 18th and 19th centuries considerably, which gave rise to serious problems of how the city was going to be supplied with drinking water. The existing water pipeline leading from sources near Přímětice had not long sufficed, and water from wells in the city was not very good either, incurring diseases at times. Only after six hundred and sixty people in Znojmo died of cholera in 1832, the City Council began to take measures. The construction of a new, gravity-fed water pipeline between the rich water springs near the village of Citonice and Znojmo took ten years (finished 1843) and was very expensive. Yet the result solved the situation only partially. So in the following decades the pipeline had to be extended and boosted by new sources and branches. When the Znojmo Water Reservoir was built in the Dyje Valley in the 1960s, the importance of this pipeline diminished. Today we can trace the pipeline if we set out on a trip from the Citonice railway stop along the Granice Valley all the way down to Znojmo. We can see a few maintenance check-points along the way in the woods - they look like small chapels, showing a decent approach of their architect. There is a deep-cut ravine on the slope of the Granice Valley, near Cínová hora (Tin Mountain), where the pipeline had to be laid on a mighty stone aqueduct with a wide vaulted culvert at the bottom.  

 

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