© Erich Lessing

Fountain of Peirene. In the sunken rectangular area, built in the second century A.D., jugs could be filled at water spouts. Behind the sunken pool, arches provide access to a series of underground reservoirs where, in the early first century A.D., water was drawn. A statue of the nymph Peirene originally presided over this fountain; according to legend, Peirene was turned into a spring of water by the tears she cried when her son was killed.