The 400th anniversary of the Wignacourt Aqueduct celebrated by Malta Post

April 25th, 2015 got to know MaltaPost will be issuing a philatelic set of two stamps to commemorate the 400th anniversary from the construction of the Wignacourt Aqueduct. The issue was put into circulation on the 21st of April.

The stamps, which are the third issue in the 'Treasures of Malta Series',  illustrate different features of the Wignacourt Aqueduct. The Wignacourt Arch which was located in Fleur-de-Lys features on the €0.42 stamp while the Wignacourt Water Tower located in Floriana is illustrated on the €1.55 stamp.

Aqueducts were constructed in the past to convey water from one location to another. In Malta the stone arches were built to carry water from Rabat through Birkirkara, and the area that later became known as Fleur-de-Lys and Santa Venera. At Santa Venera, the arches ended at a tower from which point water continued its journey through Hamrun, Blata l-Bajda and Floriana where it reached the Wignacourt water tower. The water then found its way to Valletta through underground pipes.

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