ARCHAEOLOGYFountain house walk FOUNTAIN HOUSE Situated under a plane tree beyond the defensive walls to the east of Ancient Phigaleia, the fountain house was built between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. In its heyday, it was an elaborate structure with a portico and a roof supported by Doric columns. Behind this façade, water flowed through two small pipes set in the rear wall of the cistern. This architectural treatment of a pivotal community resource indicates the value of water and it is not hard to imagine women in ancient times chatting as they queued to fill their "hydriai" ('water jars'). To this day, the fountain still provides villagers with water.