Divodurum - the capital of the Mediomatriques - which was to be renamed Mettis and later Metz, lies at a crossroads of trade routes from east to west and from south to north. Indeed the Romans built ways between Strasbourg and Reims and between Lyons and Trier. - It is interesting to note that their layout is very similar to that of today' s motorways -
This excellent situation strongly contributed to its development. The growth rate of Divodurum probably reached its peak during the IInd century A.D. . Its population was estimated at 20,000 inhabitants. It had three thermal baths and an amphitheatre that could seat 25,000.
.Not only did the Romans use water for thermal baths and public fountains but also for rich dwelling places which had their own water supply. It was used for drinking, for the upkeep of houses or for public convenience. Some craftsmen also used it for their trade.
This aqueduct must have been built to meet these requirements and to enjoy good quality
water. The people were also probably very proud of the beautiful bridge/aqueduct which
embellished the south end of the town.