April 11, 2015

Aqueducts in Portugal

Portugal has long been dry and arid especially in the south. Portugal has a number of historic aqueducts that were built to bring water from the hinterland to the cities. The Romans were the first to build aqueducts in Iberia and there are remains of 3km-long aqueduct in Conimbriga near Coimbra.

Aqueducts in Portugal.

Aqueducts in Portugal can be found in Vila do Conde (Aqueduct of Santa Clara), Serpa, Evora (the Aqueduto da Agua de Prata), Elvas (Aqueduto da Amoreira), Braga (Sete Fontes), Obidos, Tomar (Aqueduto de Pegões) and famously in Lisbon (Águas Livres).

Aqueducts in Portugal.

The 18th-century Águas Livres that brought water to Lisbon was 18km long. Construction began in 1731 under Italian architect Antonio Canevari and finally brought water to the capital in 1748 after work was continued by a number of Portuguese architects until 1799.

Aguas Livres aqueduct, Lisbon, Portugal.

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