Carioca Aqueduct, Rio de Janeiro

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Admire the arches of Carioca Aqueduct, an impressive Roman-style aqueduct. Carrying potable water from the Carioca River, the aqueduct spans 270 m (886 ft) over 42 stone arches, standing 40 m (131 ft) tall. Built by the Portuguese in 1723 to provide Rio with drinking water, the structure required the combined efforts of Indios and African slaves. Since 1896, the aqueduct has served as a bridge for a tram service climbing up Santa Teresa Hill from the city center. Various events are frequently held at the plaza next to the iconic structure. See Carioca Aqueduct and all Rio de Janeiro has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.
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  • Dangerous, not very clean place. Very lively night, lack of security, well varied and reasonably priced places
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  • One of the sights of the city, is beautiful, but it is kind of insecure. The night is great too, well-funky, full of bar and restaurant.
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  • A beautiful place, but very affected by street dwellers, which does not make it very safe. But for parties, antiques shopping is a good place.
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  • We did a quick drive-by of the aqueduct during a Rio highlights tour we were on. We made the driver stop and asked the tour guide to give us a bit more detail about this seemingly out of place structure in the middle of the city. What started out as a mechanism to deliver water to the fountains spread throughout the city is now a pathway for the tram shuffling people to and fro.
  • Nice place as a start of going out in lapa.
  • Beautiful historical place, but quite a dangerous place. Swarming with pickpockets and muggers.
  • Good place to have a picture because it’s historical and famous ,you can pick picture while the tromway or bondinho is passing ,during the week there is police car most of the time but better to be aware of thieves, at weekends particularlyat night great events happen there and parties around in Lapa sobits really busy those times ,,
  • They talk so much about this aqueduct, that after reading a little bit about its history (which is very interesting, by the way, as it was built in the 18th century to provide the city with quality water), we decided to give it a go. In just the three streets (from Cinelândia metro station) that took us to get to the aqueduct, the area goes from central to dodgy and dirty. We arrived at the square and the aqueduct doesn't look anything like in the pictures: just an old structure, nothing really special. Its surroundings look derelict and there are lots of dodgy characters around. I love taking photos, but I didn't dare to take my camera out of the backpack for these arches (and risk being mugged). As we felt unsafe here, we went back to where we came from. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this place unless you have enough time to spare, as it's dodgy, dirty, and not very safe. There are other things to do in Rio that are more enjoyable and beautiful than these arches.
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