11) The bridge of the aqueduct of Loukous

Archaeological Sights and Museums of the Thyreatis Land

Our great benefactor Dimitrios Karytsiotis in 1805, with the help of his brother, Georgios Karytsiotis, built a stone aqueduct, which started near the Loukous Monastery from the source “manna of water”, to have the “Astros water and water” the farm to keep the School open “. The aqueduct and other springs still supply water to Astros, Kato Doliana, the Monastery of Loukous, Kato Vervena and Paralio Astros. According to the will and instructions of his brother Georgios, the water of the aqueduct belongs one third to the monastery of Loukous, one third to the school of Karytsioti (in fact the aqueduct became for the maintenance of the school) and one third to the village.

The stone “sougelos” was about 5 km long, an important project two hundred and twenty years ago, and there were 3-4 fountains in Astros, in the present town hall, in Agios Konstatinos, next to the metouchi of Loukos in the upper neighborhood which was in the 1960s. high school, in the primary school, where the inhabitants went for water and gossip … We went with “the barrels and the lains” very far for water. I remember the sougelos in the upper neighborhood near the then high school, also the other “Meligou sougelos”.

Around sixty they brought fountains to the whole village in every neighborhood and slowly poured water on the houses later. In the 1950s they also made concrete ditches throughout the village and from the water of “sougelos” the inhabitants began to water their pergolas and trees. In our neighborhood with the first water the inhabitants then planted zucchini and all the roads were filled with olives and spruce on the fences large yellow zucchini. From our orchard a zucchini crossed the road, climbed an olive tree and we had to ask the neighbor’s permission to pick our zucchini. The neighborhood has since been called “pumpkin”. With the water, the village slowly changed, the inhabitants planted the first oranges and cultivated their pergolas, Karytsiotis looked far ahead ….

Opposite the monastery of Loukous was a watermill that took its water from the sougelos of Karytsiotis.

At this point of the aqueduct, on the bridge of Loukous, it had been spread by the older or younger that. That Karytsiotis had instructed the Arab keeper and gardener of the farm “to cut the water” from the villagewhen he learned that the School it was closed. Of course he would take back the farm, because there was no reason for the residents to have it anymore …..

Two hundred years ago, the people of Astrinoi had the Karytsioti school open. Today, with all the “advances and technologies”, we can not open even the “Holy Space” of the 2nd National Assembly of the Greeks, which is located within four walls. For the school, the current Archaeological Museum of Astros, there is no reason to eat it  the “pretext of the crack” approved in 2015 and then the endless studies of the “pretext of static adequacy”… ..It is interesting if our great benefactor “came back” to Astros, what he would do and what he would say to our elected and to our fellow citizens….

Near  the bridge of Lukus is the mansion of the Roman governor of Greece Herod Atticus

 

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