Tunnel, More Than 2,500 Years Old, Celebrated as ASCE Landmark

December 8, 2017
The plaque dedication ceremony for the Tunnel of Eupalinos drew a large crowd. PHOTO: Constantine Demetrius Memos

ASCE officially recognized the Tunnel of Eupalinos, in Samos, Greece, as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark at a recent dedication ceremony.

The Technical Chamber of Greece, along with the Greek Association of Civil Engineers and the Hellenic Section of ASCE, organized the event, featuring several high-level speakers and dignitaries. Among the ASCE leaders involved were Region 10 Governor Elias Boutros Sayah, Hellenic Section President Panagiotis Andreas Hatzipanos, and Region 10 Past Director Constantine Demetrius Memos, who was instrumental in getting the tunnel recognized as a landmark.

The Tunnel of Eupalinos extends over a long section of the water supply aqueduct to the old capital of Samos Island (today Pythagorion). It was constructed around 540 BC.

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