A cutaway (inset) reveals that heavy wooden beams held up the marble slabs in the Propylaia's roof. The slabs were cut with such precision as to be water tight. Rain from three separate buildings--the main structure and its flanking wings--ran off into one central gap. There, an enormous tile drain--fragments of which are missing--carried the water away from the building's interior.

Images: The Museum of Reconstructions

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